From floods to Pandemics, a battle Creventic can’t win. A day after the biggest event of the year so far is cancelled due to the ever spreading Covid-19. Creventic throws in the towel and cancels the 12h of Estoril.
January 2020 saw the season opener for the Creventic 24H series arrive in Dubai amongst the rising tensions between Iraq, Iran and the U.S. As the week got underway many teams and media were effected by the closure of airspace and members were delayed or just never made it to the first race fo the season.
As the tensions began to ease another elephant was uncovered in the corner of the room, the weather that had been forecast for over a week seemed to be gaining momentum and all became true as the rain came down the night before the main race. This saw the first support race being cancelled in the morning whilst the track was drained from specific areas.
The 24H of Dubai got underway with overcast skies that turned to sunshine chased by an almighty storm that never gave up. As the race got to the 7 hour mark the red flag was thrown due to extreme standing water and torrential rain. The rain intensified over night to eventually be enough to cancel the event.
March was planned to be the second round of the season and the start of the European calendar with the inaugural 12 hours of Monza. This was inevitably postponed with the 12 Hours of Estoril swiftly brought in to replace it.
With the rapid speed of spreading with the Covid-19 virus it has been announced today that the 12 hours of Estoril has been cancelled with this statement from Creventic.
CREVENTIC regrets to announce that, due to worldwide developments regarding the Coronavirus SARS-COV-2 and the lung infection COVID-19, the first-ever Hankook 12H ESTORIL will no longer take place on 26-27-28 March.
“The 12-hour endurance event at the Circuito do Estoril was set to be the first European round of this year’s 24H SERIES powered by Hankook after complications led to the postponement of the first-ever Hankook 12H MONZA. However, increased travel restrictions across Europe and the United States of America, and CREVENTIC’s commitment to the health and safety of all personnel on-location during a 24H SERIES event, mean the Hankook 12H ESTORIL will not take place on the aforementioned date owing to force majeure.”
“Though difficult, we at CREVENTIC feel this is the correct course of action at this time, and would like to thank all of fans, competitors, series partners and sponsors for their continued support.
CREVENTIC would also like to thank the management team at the Circuito do Estoril for their help and understanding during this troubling period, and hope to see Estoril on the 24H SERIES schedule once again in the foreseeable future.
This decision does not affect the remainder of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook calendar in 2020, and preparation will continue for the next round of the series at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 1-2 May. Pending the approval of local authorities, the weekend is set to feature a double header of endurance racing action, with the annual Hankook 12H SPA and the touring car-exclusive TCR SPA 500 set to share top billing.”
“Despite having a signed agreement with the Circuit of the Americas for 13-15 November 2020, CREVENTIC is aware that the date has now been given to MotoGP as a replacement for their cancelled round earlier this year. CREVENTIC is in touch with the relevant authorities and is currently looking for alternatives, including an alternate date one week after the previously scheduled round or an alternate circuit. An update regarding this matter will follow in due course.“