Britain's World Rally Championship round Wales Rally GB has been officially canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This marks the first time the event has been canceled in 50 years.
The round set to run on October 29-November 1 was officially canceled because of uncertainties around restrictions in Britain, competition organizers announced.
"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," explained David Richards CBE, Chairman of Motorsport UK and organiser of Wales Rally GB.
"Our overriding responsibility and absolute priority is always the safety of all involved whether they be competitors, officials, spectators or the many thousands of volunteers who share our passion for this sport, and we thank them all for their ongoing support and enthusiasm in these difficult times. While significant progress is being made to combat the virus, there remains considerable uncertainty regarding mass gatherings, social distancing and travel restrictions, plus the possibility of a resurgence of viral transmission later in the year," Richards added.
The Wales Rally GB attracts an average of 100,000 spectators per year
"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," he concluded.
The cancellation of Wales Rally GB leaves just Rally Turkey, Rally of Germany, and Rally Japan left on the schedule. Rally Turkey is currently scheduled for the end of September.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste