DTM parent organization ITR has announced that it has taken the decision to cancel the championship’s pre-season test at the Hockenheimring due to the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus across Europe, with the organization saying health and safety is its ‘highest priority’.
The decision comes after the test had previously been moved from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza to Hockenheim and after DTM announced last week that the test would be closed to the public.
“The health and safety of all people involved is our highest priority,” said Marcel Mohaupt, ITR managing director. “The general situation around the coronavirus, in conjunction with the directives made by German government authorities, and consideration for those involved, means we have taken the decision to cancel this test.
Naturally, we’re disappointed that the DTM – along with many other sports – is having to take such measures, but obviously these are for the greater good.
With regard to the start of the 2020 season, we are engaged in a close dialogue with our partners, manufacturers and local race organisers.”