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WAU Supercars Statement

 

The following is a statement from Supercars CEO Sean Seamer:

Today, on behalf of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, I want to provide an update on our plan for managing the 2020 Championship during the months ahead.

We have been working diligently to assess all available options to ensure continuity of the Series.

Obviously, the situation is evolving, but we acknowledge the need to act decisively with the information we have at hand.

Our sport is a visceral experience and rather than run without crowds, we have decided, along with our key broadcast and government partners, to delay any further racing until June.

Tasmania, Auckland and Perth events will all be postponed until later in the year, not cancelled.

Fortunately, our calendar this year enables us to do this.

Supercars’ priority is to deliver the 14 round 2020 championship for our fans and partners, irrespective of the dates. Bathurst will obviously proceed on its scheduled date. We have a plan for how we can make that happen and will begin discussions with all of our stakeholders over the coming days to lock this in.

We anticipate that we will be able to formalise and communicate this plan within the next few weeks. In the meantime, we are unique and fortunate in that we are able to simulate our racing via eSports.

So, between now and late June, Supercars will host, via Twitch, Fox Sports and Kayo, an eSeries Championship where fans will get to see our stars battle it out in a virtual world while we wait to go racing again for real.

We wish our fans, partners and people all the best through these challenging times.

What this means

Importantly, the flexibility and length of the Supercars calendar means that these events are postponed, not cancelled. Supercars will work through the make-up of the 2020 calendar over the next few weeks, which we will share with you when completed.

In the meantime, Walkinshaw Andretti United will have a continued digital presence during the break to ensure visibility before we return to the racetrack, and both Bryce and Chaz will compete in the eSeries, broadcast live on Fox Sports, Twitch and Kayo.