Coronavirus: how it’s affecting the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship

The most important thing is that competitors, fans, marshals, officials and personnel keep safe and healthy during this unprecedented coronavirus outbreak – and whilst it’s a rapidly changing situation, we’d like to update you on how it is affecting the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship.

As you know, Motorsport UK has suspended all motorsport activities until at least 30 April, and we fully support this move.

This means that the first two rounds of the series – the Legend Fires North West Stages (20/21 March) and Rallynuts Tour of Epynt (11 April) – have been postponed, and the start of the 2020 series therefore delayed.

In addition to this, the organisers of the Manx Rally (15/16 May) have postponed its event and the organisers of the Beatson’s Building Supplies Jim Clark Rally (30/31May) have cancelled its event.

Right now, it is impossible to predict when rallying will return in the UK, but we do know that the organisers of the aforementioned postponed events are looking at every opportunity they have to reschedule their rallies. We also know that the organisers of the last three rounds of the series – the Tyrone Stages Rally (18 July), Hills Ford Three Shires Stages Rally (6 September) and Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally (27 September) – continue to prepare for their events as scheduled.

The organisers of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship will continue to monitor the on-going situation, remain in close contact with event organisers and alert competitors, teams and fans of any news as soon as we have it. It will also continue to produce news stories and features about competitors, and upload these onto asphaltrallying.com and its social media platforms – with the aim of giving them, and their sponsors, something to cheer about. There are no plans to cancel the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship.

“Our thoughts go out to all of the event organising clubs for the hard work that they have already done in the preparation of their events and to the competitors who have prepared their cars over the winter months for what is now a delayed start to the 2020 series,” said Jane Evans, Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship Co-ordinator.

“We will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and take guidance from Motorsport UK and the BTRDA as to when the 2020 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship can begin. We also remain in close contact with all the event organisers and wish to thank all the competitors, marshals and fans for their understanding. First and foremost we want everyone involved in rallying to stay healthy, and we’ll only return to competition when it’s safe and appropriate to do so.”

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