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The first two rounds of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship in Portugal and Belgium will take place behind closed-doors.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and advice from public health authorities has led to the WEC and the local organisers to run the opening Season 9 rounds with no spectators.

Frédéric Lequien, CEO of the WEC, commented in a statement: “Given the ongoing constraints of COVID-19 and following local advice in both Portugal and in Belgium, we have decided to hold our first two races of the season behind closed doors.”

The decision was made in agreement with the WEC, the ACO (Automobile Club l’Ouest), and the FIA motorsport governing bodies.

“Unfortunately, there are too many concerns that remain over public health and safety,” continued Lequien.

“We would like to thank everyone for their unwavering support and we will endeavour to deliver sportscar action to the homes of our fans by our various broadcast deals, the official FIA WEC app and via our social media channels.”

The Prologue for the pre-season testing is still due to take place on March 30-31st, followed by the 8 Hours of Portimão on 2-4th April.

The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps race weekend, the round preceding the Le Mans 24 Hours, will take place as scheduled on 29 April-1st May.

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