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The FIA European Hillclimb Championship has also been reworked to give competitors five events and the points rules revised accordingly:
11-12 July Trento Bondone
1-2 August Ecce Homo Sternberk
28-30 August GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica 18-20 September Buzetski Dani
25-27 September Coppa Chianti Classico
More generally speaking, the FIA, its Historic Motor Sport Commission, ASNs but also organisers have been working very hard to ensure the safety protocols necessary for motor sport to resume would be as clear as possible but also enforced at all levels. It looks like there is a strong will from the industry but also Competitors to come back on track.
Regrettably WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s new management team has cancelled the 2020 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, yet another event to fall victim to COVID-19.
In a July 12 statement that included all the usual remarks about public and staff safety, President and General Manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s John Narigi said, “As was our plan, we waited until June before making a final decision. No matter how much we hoped, no one can fully anticipate what state mandates will be in place that will affect public events and social gatherings.”
The County of Monterey Health Department has approved a reopening plan for private track rentals that have strict health and safety protocols. Following these protocols, a “Driver Appreciation Weekend” has been created for 8-9 August to allow the significant number of entrants who have expressed interest in still running their cars on the challenging circuit the opportunity to do so.”
This must come as a frustrating blow for the new management team, who have not yet had the opportunity to show what they can do with the event.
Sebring and Daytona
However, some events scheduled for later in the year, such as HSR’s, 4-8 November Classic Daytona and Classic Sebring (3-6 December) race meetings, are still expected to go ahead.
Having announced the cancellation of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique for 2020, it was initially envisaged to wait until it’s natural date in 2022 for it to run again. This was largely due to the E-Grand Prix, run in alternate years in the May slot occupied in even numbered years by the Historique. However, by popular demand, the ACM has decided to run three Grands Prix next year, the Historique, which will take place on the earlier date of 23-25 April, the E-Prix on 8 May, and the F1 Grand Prix on 20-23 May, making a month of motor sport in the Principality, representing the past, future and present. It is envisaged that the Historique will then go back to its formula of alternate years, which means a special treat for historic racers, as it will also run on 13-15 May 2022.
“To organise three races in the space of one month will be a premiere for us all at the ACM,” commented Christian Tornatore, the General Commissioner of the Automobile Club de Monaco. “The logistical side promises to be complex, but not impossible to manage! Because of the new constraints, we shall need to start setting up the track earlier than usual, at the end of February, instead of mid-March.”
Bengt-Åce Gustavsson fills us in on how the Scandinavian season is shaping up…
Historic Racing in Sweden:
All racing in Sweden was banned during April, May and June. Now we are hoping that we can start racing in July, but we don´t know for sure. I´ll give you the calendar as it looks today: The opening round at Kinnekulle should have been raced in the middle of May, but is now moved to 5-6 September. The biggest race, Velodromloppet GP in Karlskoga, is moved to 9-11 October. Svenskt Sportvagnsmeeting at Ring Knutstorp is now postponed to next year. Our best hope is that the race meeting at Mantorp on 21-23 August will take place as scheduled, along with Falkenberg on 18-20 September.
The first round at Våler was cancelled and they are still looking for another date. After the season-opener at Rudskogen on 26-28 June, we also think that they will run Rudskogen Asfalt Classic on 14-15 August and Våler on 4-6 September.
The opening round at Jyllandsringen was on 20-21 June. It was meant that the Danish drivers should compete at Rudskogen in Norway in August, but that depends whether the borders are open or not… Next up is Ring Djursland on 5-6 September. The final is planned at Ring Knutstorp in Sweden on 26-27 September, but that will also depend on the border opening. The Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix is now scheduled to run on 9-11 October.
The opening round in Kemora is moved to 25-26 July and for the moment the first races will be at Botnia on 4-5 July. Hopefully, the Finn’s biggest race meeting, at Ahvenisto on 14-16 August, will take place as planned, along with the final at KymiRing on 5-6 September.
As we went to press with our July issue, news came from Goodwood that both the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival meetings have been cancelled for this year. Lord March and his team held out for as long as possible in the hopes of staging both events later in the year, but it is just not possible for these events, which rely on the presence of large numbers of spectators and sponsors, to go ahead under current restrictions.
Behind Closed Doors
Dependant as it is on the public to come in large numbers, the mega Silverstone Classic was cancelled for this year and, with the strange quarantine rules in place in the UK, club racing will no doubt be the beneficiary, as the clubs can run without spectators for the benefit of their members. For the moment, sporting events, including motor sports, must be run ‘behind closed doors’, which is to say without spectators and with a limited number of people in each team.
Portugal is one of the least hard hit countries by COVID 19. Authorities there closed borders and locked down early, and now Portugal is enjoying the fruits of such prudent management with a pretty full schedule of racing for the rest of the season. They also have the advantage of good weather in the south late into the year. New on the calendar is a meeting organised at the last minute at the Algarve circuit, where the Portuguese Championships, Iberian Endurance, Group 1 Portugal and remaining championships plus Caterhams and Kia Trophy will run. Calendars for the two main historic championships are as follows: