BRP-Rotax has moved the 2020 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals into next year, and the event will now be held in Europe instead of Bahrain.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and current travel restrictions, Rotax have decided to push the event into January 2021 and to change the location Portugal.
As such, the 2020 RMC Grand Finals will take place in Portimão from January 23 to January 30, 2021.
“This will allow us to extend the duration of the 2020 season” Rotax said in a statement.
“Portugal offers favourable weather conditions in January and, with the current outlook, travel possibilities to Europe will also be easier for our drivers from around the world.”
It will not be the first time the ‘Rotax Worlds’ are conducted in the year after qualification, as that’s when several of the early edition RMC Grand Finals operated.
“This unique global situation has forced us to reconsider the annual highlight of the Rotax karting calendar” explained Peter Oelsinger, General Manager, BRP-Rotax.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our drivers, their families, and all team members, as well as our employees and the local organizing staff.
“Given the current circumstances, and as far as we can see at the current time, hosting the event in Europe will facilitate organization for the drivers and teams attending, and this is why Portimao in Portugal will be the new venue.”
Further information on the 2020 RMC Grand Finals will follow in due course and is subject to change according to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 Grand Finals were originally scheduled for Bahrain on November 7 to 14.