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British Touring Car Championship organisers, TOCA have issued a revised calendar for 2020, with the season due to begin in August at Donington.

The 2020 season should have already begun, but the coronavirus pandemic meant that all racing in the UK has been cancelled until June 30.

However, TOCA has now released a revised calendar, with the 2020 season scheduled to start on August 1 at Donington, followed by rounds 4,5 and six a week later at Brands Hatch.

A statement released by TOCA said: :TOCA has taken the decision to provisionally plan events from August onwards, however, the calendar will of course remain conditional upon receiving appropriate government directives and approvals regarding the resumption of sporting activities.

“Should the BTCC be unable to resume at that time, the calendar will be amended accordingly.

“The revised season is now scheduled to start on 1/2 August at Donington Park, which begins a run of four events in just five weekends, with Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Knockhill completing the opening month of action.”

Despite there being a considerable delay to the start of the season, TOCA hopes to end the year at Brands Hatch as planned on November 15, with the final three races taking place on the full Grand Prix circuit.

Speaking about the changes, BTCC Chief Executive, Alan Gow said: :These are incredibly challenging times for the whole nation.

“Through it all, we have seen the importance of being both adaptable and pragmatic… and the BTCC is no different.

“So it’s entirely logical to draft plans and lock-in our provisional dates, with the ability to amend those if circumstances dictate.

“Obviously this calendar presents a hectic four months, with three separate back-to-back events and four events in the first five weeks alone.

“But our teams and drivers are fully up for the challenge – there’s such enormous energy, enthusiasm and passion for the BTCC that everyone will want to just roll up their sleeves and get the action underway when the time comes to go racing.

“However, the over-arching element will always be to ensure we have the correct procedures and protocols in place, in order to provide a safe environment. But before that time comes the most important thing we can all do is to please stay safe and also protect the health of others.”

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