NORTH West 200 officials have today revealed that the event will not run in 2020 after plans to reschedule the race have been scrapped.
Practice on the north coast was originally set to kick off tomorrow, but thanks to Covid-19 chiefs served up a notice of postponement nearly two months ago.
It was rumoured that bosses were eyeing a move to a date in late summer, likely in August or September, but this morning the axe came down on any 2020 plans and fans will now have to look to 2021 to get their Triangle Circuit fix.
A statement from NW200 organisers today reads:
On March 17, Coleraine and District Motor Club announced the 2020 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200, scheduled for May 10-16, would be postponed following the government’s introduction of restrictions to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.
Since March the organisers of the NW200 have been in consultation with all of the relevant agencies to explore the possibility of running the event at a later date during 2020. We have corresponded with officials from the N.I. Executive as well as Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council plus all of the NW200’s stakeholders, considering every option available to us should there be a suitable window of opportunity.
Despite these efforts, it is now obvious the disruption and uncertainty the virus will continue to place on all of our lives and activities in the coming months will make it impossible to deliver the extensive planning required to run an event on the scale of the North West 200. That being the case, Coleraine and District Motor Club have taken the unfortunate but responsible and necessary decision to cancel the 2020 races. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause for our competitors, volunteers and race fans.
Provisionally, the 2021 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils NW200 Race Week Festival has been scheduled for May 9-15.
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