Bedfordshire's James Gornall waits for his Touring Cars debut because of Coronavirus

British Touring Car Championship debutant James Gornall at the competition's media day at Silverstone, Northamptonshire earlier this month. Credit: ITV Sport

This was supposed to be a special weekend for Bedfordshire motor racing driver James Gornall. Making his debut at the British Touring Car Championship. But he, and the rest of the field are in limbo because of the Coronavirus.

The series was due to start at Donington Park in Leicestershire, with James set to drive the Audi S3 car for the GKR outfit.

And as self-employed motor racing coach, these are testing times for 35 year old James, who's racing career started in Karts, progressing through and winning various race series.

Speaking to ITV News Anglia via Skype, James said he has to do what he can to be ready for when the Touring Cars campaign does eventually start.

In the meantime James is hoping he can team up with Bobby Thompson to compete for the BTCC's Independent constructors title.

As things stand the championship won't start earlier than June 30th, which means the loss of the first five rounds at Donington, Brands Hatch, Silverstone in Northamptonshire, Thruxton and Oulton Park.

The next scheduled meeting on the list is at Snetterton in Norfolk in July.

James, on the right, with his Trade Price Cars teammates at Silverstone, Northamptonshire Credit: ITV Sport

James Gornall explains how he's been coping during the Coronavirus outbreak with ITV Anglia's Sports Correspondent Donovan Blake via Skype