COTA to replace cancelled Sao Paulo WEC round

The FIA WEC has announced that the Six Hours of Sao Paulo has been cancelled, instead opting to race at Circuit of the Americas.

In a statement the championship stated: "Very regrettably, the local Brazilian promoter for the 6 Hours of São Paulo has been unable to meet its contractual obligations and the WEC organisation has been faced with no other alternative than to find a replacement venue.

Furthermore, the WEC wishes to make clear that it has not experienced any problems with the city of São Paulo or the Autodromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos). It is strictly a major issue with the local promoter."

As a replacement, the FIA World Endurance Championship will be making a return to Austin, Texas. The newly announced round of the championship will take place on 22-23 February 2020. The date has been chosen to avoid clashes with both the Superbowl and Formula E events, which are held in the same month.

“Firstly we must thank Bobby Epstein and the Circuit of The Americas for accommodating us at relatively short notice. It is an excellent venue, and our fans, competitors and media are now assured of excellent racing in North America not once, but twice in two months," said Gerard Neveu, FIA WEC CEO.

"Of course, it is very unfortunate to find ourselves in this position. The WEC very much regrets this situation and feels very sad for the City of São Paulo and the many thousands of Brazilian motorsport fans. Our main concern was our competitors and partners, and we have worked very hard to find a solution which offered the least disruption possible."