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Australian Grand Prix and support categories called off

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Formula 1 and the FIA have announced that the Australian Grand Prix will not go ahead due to the ongoing coronavirus saga with support categories also being cancelled.

This decision comes off the back of McLaren withdrawing from the weekend after a team member was confirmed to have contracted the virus, forcing the team to back out from the opening round of the season.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced on Friday morning that the event would go ahead without spectators but as the schedule for the TCR Asia Pacific Cup and Supercars got pushed further and further back, it soon became clear that the event would be cancelled.

Just after 1000 local time, the FIA and Formula 1 finally made the announcement that the Grand Prix would not go ahead, shortly followed by the news that support categories were set to be called off as well.

TCR Australia’s first event of 2020 will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on March 27-29, a week before the next Supercars round at Symmons Plains from April 3-5.