The circuit was set to host what was billed as the All Wheels Race Fest next weekend, which included the second spherical of the TCR Australia and S5000 seasons, the opening GT World Problem Australia spherical, and the opening Australian Superbike spherical.
Nevertheless a brand new COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne has pressured Motorsport Australia to postpone the occasion.
The information follows affirmation Supercars has postponed next Tuesday’s pre-season test at Winton.
Whereas the snap five-day Victorian lockdown may finish subsequent Wednesday, earlier than the Phillip Island was scheduled to begin, uncertainty over ongoing restrictions and interstate border issues left organisers with little possibility however the postpone.
“We’re all understandably dissatisfied with this consequence, given the numerous planning already underway for this occasion,” mentioned Motorsport Australia’s Director of Motorsport and Business Operations Michael Smith.
“The well being and security of all those that could be a part of the occasion must be our precedence and sadly race conferences like this can’t simply be turned on and turned off in 24 hours.
“There would even be a major prices for organisers, classes, groups, officers and spectators if there was a final minute cancellation, so this resolution offers some certainty for everybody who had deliberate to attend and makes positive that no opponents are deprived of their respective sequence or championship.
“For the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, we now sit up for the opening spherical going down as a part of the Hello Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour on the Easter Weekend. We sit up for working carefully with Matt [Braid] and the workforce at Australian Racing Group to ship an thrilling occasion at Australia’s most iconic circuit.”
Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle agreed cancelling the distinctive 2+4 occasion was the one reasonable consequence.
“Motorcycling Australia and the ASBK Administration Workforce have the accountability to make sure the protection of our ASBK groups, riders, officers and devoted followers,” he mentioned.
“While we’re very dissatisfied by the impression of the Victorian authorities’s resolution as we speak with this new COVID-19 lockdown, the protection of our MA members come first and this implies a troublesome resolution must be made, and in a well timed method.
“We thank the ASBK paddock, our championship companions and followers for his or her understanding at this troublesome time, as these circumstances our outdoors of our management, and are extraordinarily irritating this near the inaugural occasion along with Motorsport Australia.
“We’ll work with Motorsport Australia and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit with the intention to reschedule the Australian All Wheels Race Fest for a brand new date in 2021.
“ASBK Championship will now kick off at Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla Victoria for ASBK Spherical 2 on March 12 -14. We sit up for getting again to the trackside and welcome riders and followers.”