W Series driver Jessica Hawkins trains for the duration of coronavirus lockdown at residence in Kettering, England. The W Series time has now been canceled. (Mark Thompson/Getty Illustrations or photos)


LONDON — Motor racing’s all-female W Series canceled its 2020 time on Thursday thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic but promised to return upcoming calendar year with at the very least two help races on the Formula A person calendar.

The collection, which begun past calendar year, experienced been thanks to award points towards a Formula A person tremendous-license for the 1st time.

The cancellation will be a individual setback for Britain’s inaugural winner Jamie Chadwick, who experienced hoped to defend her title and move a phase closer to Formula A person.

Chadwick previously has ten points from finishing fourth in the Asian Formula Three collection before the coronavirus lockdown.

“Our decision not to phase on-keep track of races until 2021 is not a single that has been taken flippantly,” said W Series chief executive Catherine Bond Muir in a assertion.

“Now that we have taken the really challenging but ultimately unavoidable decision… we will concentrate our energies obviously on 2021 when we will resume our on-keep track of racing application even bigger and much better than ever before.”

She said 2021 would contain help races for Formula A person at the U.S. and Mexican Grands Prix, as was planned this calendar year.

“W Series has experienced an outstanding affect on the environment of motorsport, and we had been fired up to have them join our routine this calendar year,” said Ross Brawn, Formula One’s running director for motorsport.

“It is a big disappointment for all of us that thanks to the issues presented by COVID-19 the situations will not acquire place, but we are seeking forward to some exciting racing in 2021 when W Series returns.”

W Series was thanks to help the German Touring Car or truck Championship (DTM) in Europe but the coronavirus has strike that collection, with a constrained run of races in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands now scheduled.

The authentic program experienced been for British-centered W Series, which has drivers from 12 countries, to race in Russia, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands before hooking up with Formula A person in the Americas.

The drivers will continue to contend in a W Series Esports League thanks to begin on June eleven.