The Kyalami 9 Hours won’t happen on its unique date of four December on account of restrictions imposed on journey to and from South Africa by a number of nations following the detection of a brand new pressure of the coronavirus within the nation.
A brand new date of the Africa IGTC spherical, formally known as the Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour, is because of be introduced subsequent Monday, in response to a joint assertion from sequence organiser the Stephane Ratel Organisation and the native promoter.
Friday’s assertion learn: “The detection of coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 in southern Africa, introduced on 25 November, and the ensuing journey restrictions already imposed by a number of nations will stop most worldwide groups and championship workers from flying to South Africa.
“The native promoter and SRO Motorsports Group, who’re collectively liable for staging the race, are already working with native authorities to judge journey options and reschedule the occasion.
“A brand new date for the Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour to be held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit shall be confirmed and introduced on Monday.
“The security of all individuals and workers will take utmost precedence in any resolution to reschedule this season’s Joburg Kyalami 9 Hour.”
South Africa was amongst six nations added to the UK’s pink checklist on Thursday evening following the detection of the brand new COVID mutation.
The European Union has “agreed the necessity” to quickly droop journey to and from South Africa, the presidency introduced on Friday.
SRO has given no indication of the way it would possibly have the ability to reschedule the third and last IGTC race of the 2021 season.
Subsequent 12 months’s sequence is because of start on 27 February with the Bathurst 12 Hours.
The Australasian fixture was moved ahead from March 20 earlier this month to keep away from a conflict with the Sebring IMSA/World Endurance Championship double-header.
The 2021 IGTC was lower to a few rounds after the cancellation of Bathurst after which the Suzuka 10 Hours for the second season in a row.
The Kyalami 9 Hours was revived as a spherical of the IGTC in 2019.
The fixture dates again to the 1960s and had been a world championship sportscar fixture sporadically by means of its historical past.