Juri Vips to miss out on Motegi race

Vips had been one of seven drivers identified by series organiser JRP as being in danger of missing the first round of the delayed 2020 campaign on August 29-30 due to strict rules on foreign travellers entering Japan imposed in the wake of the global health crisis.

Last Thursday marked the deadline to begin the 14-day quarantine period that any arrivals allowed into the country would be expected to serve before being able to take part in the pre-race Motegi test on August 28.

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On Tuesday it was announced that Drago Corse driver Tatiana Calderon had successfully been granted entry into Japan in time.

Vips had also been preparing to make the trip last week, albeit without any assurances he would be allowed through the border, but this plan was called off at the last minute.

Now his manager Marko Asmer has confirmed to Motorsport.com that his protege will not be able to take up his seat at Team Mugen, which is expected to be filled for the Motegi race by the Honda-affiliated squad’s SUPER GT driver Ukyo Sasahara.

Attention will now turn to Vips being ready to join the Super Formula field for the second round at Okayama in September, with his prospects of still being able to fight for the championship boosted by the series’ adoption of dropped scores.

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