The boss of SUPER GT organiser, Masaaki Bandoh, made the announcement during his regular press conference ahead of Sunday’s Motegi race.
Earlier this year the Japanese championship decided that the first four races of the heavily-revised 2020 schedule would take place with no fans present owing to the affects of the global coronavirus pandemic, with limits also placed on team personnel and media.
It said a decision would be made on whether to open up its races to spectators for the latter part of the season based on the latest advice from the Japanese government, which in July decided to lift the cap on people attending mass gatherings to 5,000.
From September 19 onwards organisers of sporting events in Japan will be allowed to fill their venues up to half-capacity, but SUPER GT is sticking to the 5,000-person limit for now, although Bandoh didn’t rule out increases for subsequent races.
Fans will not be allowed to enter the paddock, as they could up until this season, and there will be no stage events or talk shows to limit any health risks. As is the case for those working in the paddock currently, temperature checks will be conducted on arrival.
Bandoh stated that the tracks themselves will be responsible for managing the health, while SUPER GT focuses its efforts on the 1,500 or so people…