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Isle of Man TT gets cancelled and the 24 hours of Le Mans stands postponed to September
The coronavirus breakout is unlike anything we have witnessed in the recent past and the only way to slow down the spread is to stay in quarantine and avoid large public gatherings. Events around the world are getting cancelled, with MotoGP cancelling its first round, followed by Formula 1. Now other motorsport events are following suit, including Isle of Man TT, WEC, WRC and others.
The iconic Isle of Man TT race has been called off for the first time in 19 years, due to the increasing number of cases in the United Kingdom. Initially set to be only postponed, the organisers later decided to call it off completely with the situation worsening by the hour. The last time it was cancelled was because of the foot and mouth disease. The 24 hours of Le Mans has been postponed to September 19-20, while the original schedule was set for June. The officials hope that the situation will be under control by September. If not, then we may end up seeing the event being cancelled altogether. This also means that the following season of the WEC will also be affected, initially scheduled to start in September. Closer to home, the Chennai round of the INRC has been cancelled and other racing events through the year could also get affected, depending on how long COVID-19 remains a problem in India.
While this news is sad to us petrolheads, it is the right decision. Motorsport involves a lot of spectators, large teams and a huge logistics network behind it. In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, it is the only way forward. Team evo India requests everyone to stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands regularly and avoid large public gatherings. And in the meantime, you can watch Lando Norris having some fun e-racing in the aftermath of the Melbourne round standing cancelled!