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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.

"Well I'm well, I'm healthy... albeit a little bit bored.

"Now I know we have to be careful of course but it's a shame that in my debut season in the British Touring Cars everything's been postponed and we don't really know when we're going to start."

"I can't go out and practice. Motorsport is my job. I coach other drivers and that's all stopped. So I've been helping a family member build a roof recently.

"I need to keep fit. Just because we're at home it doesn't mean we're going to let that slip.

"So I need to be ready for these races and you never know, you could have a problem with your power steering, to make sure that you're fit enough and strong enough to do that.

"Otherwise I can't really get myself into work much. Like many self-employed individuals I'm stuck.

"I can't really sit in a race car next to somebody of course because you'ere really not two metres away then.

"So I'll bide my time, keep my preparation going, and see what I can do."

– James Gornall, British Touring Cars debutant
James will be driving the Audi Saloon for the Trade Price Cars team in BTCC 2020 Credit: ITV Sport

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