Owing to the Covid-19 restrictions that are likely to be still in place at the beginning of 2021, the organisers of the Legend Fires North West Stages Rally have taken the difficult decision to postpone the event until 18/19 March 2022.
In a statement, Motorsport North West said:
‘As responsible organisers and rally enthusiasts the team is unanimous that we have a duty to protect the future of closed road rallying in the North West. Whilst the recently announced vaccines provide a positive outlook, the current restrictions and impending proposals preclude the team from carrying out the necessary PR work, Council consultations and other essential preparatory work.
‘Going forward, the coronavirus will not have gone away by March 2021 and the team does not want to jeopardise the good relationships we have built with the local authorities and communities. Running the event would actively encourage travel and gatherings and is likely to be seen as irresponsible and would doubtless threaten events in the years ahead.
‘In particular we have to protect the Legend Fires North West Stages Rally. As organisers we could have continued with the event organisation in the vague hope that all restrictions would be lifted by March. The cancellation of the 2020 event generated significant financial losses to the club and were that to happen again then the club would not survive, and the Legend Fires North West Stages would be no more.
‘The organisers do understand that many will be disappointed, none more so than the team itself, but at this point in time this is the only sensible and responsible decision that could be made.
‘The organisers and sponsors look forward to welcoming you to Lancashire for the 2022 Legend Fires North West Stages.’
The opening round of the 2021 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship will now be the Port Talbot Motor Club-organised Rallynuts Tour of Epynt on Saturday 3 April.
The full Championship calendar and Sporting Regulations will be published in due course.