A LETTER FROM DICK AND THE TEAMBen Nightingale
What an unusual start to the Supercars season we have had. It started brilliantly with a win on the streets of Adelaide, and our team taking the Championship lead. As they always do, our team and drivers made us extremely proud.
We then faced an unprecedented situation in Melbourne last week. Now things are different. We face a period of uncertainty, and we must adapt and change our behaviours as we navigate this challenging time together.
As has been reported extensively in the media, guidelines set by the Australian Government have banned mass gatherings of more than 500 people to help limit the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreading.
Today, Supercars have announced the postponement of the next three events of the 2020 season, meaning that the Tasmania, Auckland and Perth events will not happen on their allocated dates.
Please see Supercars statement regarding this below:
SUPERCARS: Statement from CEO Sean Seamer, 18th March 2020
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.
Our new annual behind the scenes Docuseries, The Inside Line- A Season with Erebus Motorsport, will ensure that, in conjunction with our eSeries, Supercars and its stars stay in our fans’ living rooms over the coming days and weeks. Eight episodes of this series will be available from March 30th on Foxtel, Fox Sports and Kayo.
We wish our fans, partners and people all the best through these challenging times.
The situation with which we are faced is changing all the time and as a team we have spent lots of time and energy preparing for what lies ahead.
We continue to review these measures each day, and have been making plans for this scenario that has come to fruition.
We have taken direction and advice from Supercars management, government and health experts and we look forward to being able to return to doing what we love soon.
As we take this break, we wish nothing but good health for all of our members, Supercars fans and the wider Australian community. Please listen to the authorities, and do everything they ask as we try to slow the spread of this virus.
We are proud of the way our fans have responded on the many social media platforms in recent days, and we appreciate your patience and support while we work through this extraordinary situation.
For now, look after yourselves, your families and your communities.
Dick Johnson, Ryan Story, Fabian Coulthard, Scott McLaughlin and everyone at DJR Team Penske