Few would have predicted the drama that would unfold worldwide when the pandemic struck the Albert Park paddock.
Late on the Thursday evening, after Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen clinched poles for the third and fourth races of the Supercars season, the seeds were sewn of the demise of the race weekend.
A member of the McLaren Formula 1 team tested positive for the virus, with the team withdrawing from the grand prix.
On Friday morning, with fans kept at the gates, Supercars teams carried on as normal, preparing for another round of qualifying.
Confirmation of the event cancellation was handed down by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation shortly afterwards, with the world’s media assembling in front of AGPC and F1 executives.
All the while, with the event cancelled, Supercars teams packed up and readied to return to base.
It would be over 100 days before cars would hit the track in anger, with Sydney Motorsport Park hosting the return of racing in late June.
Cars hit the track on Thursday, but that was it
Regardless, the feeling in the precinct on the Friday in Albert Park was one of apprehension and confusion, with gates remaining closed to the public upon their scheduled opening time on Friday morning.
With the grandstands empty and a paddock devoid of fans, Supercars teams had little option but to prepare to head out on track.
In a way, there was a sense of relief once the event was cancelled, but it did little to quell the disappointment of being unable to compete on the world stage.
"It is unfortunate that we will not be able to race this weekend," said Tickford Racing CEO and team principal, Tim Edwards.
"However in these unprecedented circumstances we support this decision made by Supercars and the Australian Grand Prix organisers.
"As a team, we had already taken several precautions to protect the health of our staff, fans, and the general public, and will continue to do so between now and our next race event.
Supercars returned to the track four months after the season began in Adelaide
Walkinshaw Andretti United added: "While we are disappointed not to be racing this weekend, we support the decision that has been made to cancel the 2020 Australian Grand Prix.
"Health and safety of all personnel and attendees is paramount.
"We thank the category and all our partners for their ongoing support in a difficult situation.”
The situation remained fluid, and some teams were kept on the road to the Bathurst season finale in October as the pandemic escalated in Victoria.
Supercars successfully went on to stage a completed championship season, with Scott McLaughlin winning a third consecutive drivers' title.
However, the toll on teams and personnel became evident, but all returned stronger for the experience ahead of a defining 2021 season.
The world had changed when racing returned in June