The 2020 WRC season has endured another blow after the Promoter of the Wales Rally GB has announced the cancellation of the event that had been scheduled to take place in the autumn.
The long-running event in North Wales was due to run from 29 October to 1 November and would have been the penultimate round of the 2020 WRC season. The event that usually attracts more than 100,000 spectators .
David Richards, the chairman of Motorsport UK, the event organiser and governing body of British motorsport has revealed that the cancellation of the event has been a difficult decision to make.
“This is not a decision that we have taken lightly but, in close consultation with our chief funding partner, the Welsh government, it is sadly one we are obliged to make in light of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.”
“We have been closely monitoring the guidance issued by government, and it is becoming increasingly clear that it is impossible to make plans with any certainty for such major events in the autumn. We therefore have to accept, with an incredibly heavy heart, that cancelling this year’s event is the only responsible and prudent option. We will instead start focusing our attentions on creating an even bigger and better world-class showcase for 2021,” he said.
Up to now, three rallies – Monte Carlo, Sweden and Mexico – have taken place in the 2020 WRC season while the events in Portugal, Kenya, Finland, New Zealand and have been already cancelled with the Wales Rally now joining this list.