The organisers of the Legend Fires North West Stages – an event which was to have hosted the opening round of this year’s Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship – has confirmed that next year’s event will take place on Saturday 20 March.
The closed road stage event will once again be based in and around the market town of Garstang, with Myerscough College providing the location for both rally headquarters and the central service area.
In a statement issued by Motorsport North West, the organising club says that:
‘We understand that some people may question why we would be starting to plan the return of the event at such an early stage in the country’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The simple fact is that in order to satisfy the legal timescales in our application to run closed public road special stages in March 2021, we have to start the process now.
Whilst we recognise that it would be impractical to run the event with the restrictions that are currently in place, our planning is based on the assumption that the recovery will continue over the coming months.
However, it must be stressed that the organisers will be following all guidance, restrictions and safe practises issued by central and local government and by Motorsport UK and, as we did in 2020 will make the health and safety of the local community, competitors and volunteers our priority.
We are extremely grateful to all residents, councils and local businesses for their support, and also sincerely thank all the 2020 event sponsors who have generously confirmed their continued commitment for 2021.
We look forward to seeing you all in Lancashire next March.’