One of Norway’s leading GT drivers, Aleksander Schjerpen, has been forced to place his 2020 season temporarily on hold for now due to the ever evolving landscape around the ongoing global pandemic.
Having recently been able to return to Italy and join NOVA Race for the delayed 2020 Italian GT Championship, a podium finish at the season opener got their season off to a strong start. Returning to the Mercedes AMG GT4 that both he and teammate Luca Magnoni finished the 2019 season onboard, the pair were hoping that this new season in consistent fresh machinery would allow them to go one better and lift this year’s title.
However a return to tightened travel restrictions in his homeland has meant that Schjerpen is unable to commit to the self-isolation windows required on both sides and now means that he will miss this weekend’s second round of the series in Imola.
Aleksander Schjerpen – #277 NOVA Race Mercedes AMG GT4:
“This is a really unfortunate situation that we find ourselves in. Unfortunately the current restrictions meant that it was impossible for me to travel to this event. But I must say a really big thank you to NOVA Race who did everything to try and help me out. As so many of us have seen, things are changing so quickly with this virus, but our focus is now on the next race and I hope to be at the start line for that. Thank you also to my partners for their support in this special time. I hope everyone is keeping safe.”
Nicola Sinigaglia – Team Manager, NOVA Race:
“Unfortunately, in spite of Aleksander being stoked to return to the wheel of our GT4 Mercedes AMG, he was frustrated by the flood of troubles that the current time entails. Traveling from Norway to Italy and back these days has become a challenge and we will have to wait for the situation to calm down again, hopefully in time for the next Vallelunga round for the Magnoni/Schjerpen pair to be reunited.”