The 2020 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been postponed, with a new date set for mid-September.
Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the organising body behind the race, has said the decision was reached after assessing the risks to everyone involved in the event.
“Postponing the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020, originally scheduled for 13/14th June, is the appropriate solution in face of the exceptional health circumstances that we are all going through today," said Fillon. "It goes without saying that we will make every effort to ensure the safety and quality of our events.
“First of all, I want to ask everyone to take no risk for themselves, their families and others. Today it is a question of stopping the spread of this virus. I would also like to spare warm thoughts for all the medical personnel working to protect our health.
“We are more than ever working as one team together with our competitors, partners, fans, media, medical services, organisation teams and marshals.”
The 88th running of the event is now scheduled to take place on the weekend of 19/20 September.
While Formula 1 is aiming to return to the track at the end of May, Le Mans casts further doubt on the staging of the Monaco Grand Prix on May 24, and draws into question the running of the French Grand Prix on June 28.
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