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Manx National Rally cancelled

Mon, 25 Jan 2021

The Manx National Rally has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers of the event planned for 14th and 15th of May will not go ahead.

The popular two-day rally would normally see a host of competitors from across the UK and beyond contest over 120 stage miles across the island’s roads.

However, due to the uncertainties surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, the restrictions imposed by the UK and Isle of Man authorities, current lockdown legislation and implications of running a large-scale event which brings around 1000 people from the UK mainland to the island, organisers have no choice but to cancel the May event. A primary consideration being to safeguard island residents, landowners, spectators, volunteers, and competitors.

Mark Quayle, Clerk of the Course, said “Manx Auto Sport regrets to announce that the 2021 Manx National Rally will not go ahead. Much like last year, this has not been an easy decision for the organising team who have been working hard behind the scenes to deliver another memorable rally on the island.

But with so many uncertainties with restrictions and the large number of officials, competitors, support teams and volunteers that we draw in from the UK and even further afield, it would be impossible to predict the situation in May. We have left our decision as late as possible, but we have reached a critical stage in our planning and it is not possible to guarantee that an event of such a large scale could go ahead.”


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