Historic racing has been dealt another blow with the news that the Spa Classic Six Hours race weekend has been cancelled due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
The Belgian Roadbook Organisation has confirmed today that both the Classic Six-Hour on 25-27 September and its Hat-Track event on 10-11 October have been cancelled, as the pandemic grows once more across Europe and quarantine restrictions have been put in place.
The news will be met with huge disappointment by competitors and race promoters as the Classic Six-Hour is one of the most significant dates on the European historic racing calendar.
More than 100 cars contest the six-hour race alone and several hundred UK competitors usually support the event.
The race line-up was due to include grids from Masters Historic Racing and Motor Racing Legends, while the Hat-Trick event was due to feature the final Historic Formula 2 races of the season.
In a statement, the organisers said: "The disappointment is huge for Roadbook Organisation who did everything possible until the last minute to maintain their events.
"The 2020 overview is very simple: four events cancelled in as many planned meetings. After the cancellation of the Spa Open Pitlane in March and the Spa Summer Classic in June, it's, first of all, the new Spa Hat-Trick which was cancelled in the last few hours.
"Soon the flagship event of Belgian and historic motorsport, the Spa Six Hours, would unfortunately follow.
"Once again, the organisation would like to thank the teams, promoters, partners and the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, who were already very enthusiastic about these events.
"Due to the complications linked to international travel, the majority of the teams and structures also preferred to give up the trip to Belgium regarding the very restrictive regulations, including a possible quarantine between Belgium and other countries."
Only last week the FIA decided to cancel all its remaining historic motorsport championships for 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.