I'm not normally one to a wear a hat - unless it's a woolly one to keep out the cold - but this week I'm raising metaphorical headgear to the Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee for keeping its event, of which last weekend's running was the 67th edition, alive through the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
The Macanese government immediately introduced very strict measures to control the spread of the virus, with the result that its population has been COVID-free for months and was very little affected even in the early period. But the knock-on effect of that was quarantine measures that meant any visitor had to spend 14 days in a hotel room before even being allowed out into the rest of the hotel, let alone the streets.
Therefore the traditional Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, fought out by the category since 1983, was gone for 2020, ditto the GT World Cup, and likewise the Macau Guia counting for the World Touring Car Cup. The quarantine measures had made it simply impossible logistically for international teams to travel to Macau.