W Series cancels Valencia test
The W Series collective pre-season test in Valencia has been the latest motor racing event to face cancellation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The all-female W Series championship announced last week a 2-days collective test date at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, for May 4-5.
Predicactably, the series has now confirmed that amid the recent developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the testing programme has now been cancelled.
The W Series test is only the last of a long list of motor racing events to face the same fate, as countries all over the world are trying to enforce measures to contain the spread of the virus.
The opening round of the 2020 W Series championship is scheduled to go underway at the new Igora Drive venue, Russia, on 29-30 May. As a supporting event of the DTM championship, the German promoter ITR has not yet made public announcements regarding the potential cancellation or postponement of events.
Formula 1, which W Series will partner for its last two championship events at Austin and Mexico City, is also undergoing major calendar adjustments following the cancellation of the Australian GP and postponement of the following races.
"We are in touch with DTM and Formula 1 with regard to those races, and are awaiting further guidance." - read the W Series release.
"We're in uncharted territory, in a situation beyond our control." - commented Catherine Bond-Muir, the series CEO.
"The need for social distancing, together with restricted travel, is tough for many businesses, including motorsport. We send support and love to all our drivers, staff, partners, fans and media in these difficult times."