One carmaker will noticeably be absent from this year’s 24 Hours Nürburgring.
Subaru Tecnica International (STI), which has participated in the race since it first joined the series in 2008, has announced that it will not be participating in the 2020 staging due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Team STI NBR Challenge was aiming for a third consecutive win in the SP3T Class this year, it said it simply cannot ensure the safety of its members during overseas events.
“Due to the spread of COVID-19, however, the team faces difficulties to conduct the racing activities overseas in the best shape while ensuring the safety of the drivers, partner companies, employees, and other related parties. Therefore, the team decided not to participate in the race this year,” the team said in a statement.
“Subaru and STI apologize to the fans and other stakeholders who were looking forward to the team’s challenge for winning the third consecutive class title for the first time in the STI NBR Challenge history, but ask for your understanding of the decision.”
The 24-hour endurance race in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is scheduled to take place from September 24 to 27. Do you think other teams will follow in STI’s tracks and pull out from the event?