IRISH road racers will be forced to wait another year for a crack at the Skerries 100 crown after chiefs were forced to axe the 2021 event today.
Organisers at the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club have been working across the winter months in hopes of keeping the oldest road race in the South of Ireland going for what would have been its 75th anniversary this season.
And with the pandemic continuing to wreak havoc on motorsport, they had hoped the vaccine rollout may have allayed government fears in order to allow spectators back into the paddock.
But with the current level five lockdown rules in place across Ireland, running the event this season – even on the scheduled dates on the first weekend in July – looks all but impossible.
A statement from Club Chairman Thomas Garry reads:
The current level five lockdown, or even the prospect of the country dropping to level four or below, is still not enough to give the club the hope that it would enable us to proceed.
The unknown cost of insurance for a one event road race may well be out of our reach, but to-date we haven’t been given a quote by our governing body, as they have instructed affiliated clubs that they will “not be issuing permits at present and we will only do so when we are given the green light from Sport Ireland”.
Unfortunately, like the other Southern clubs who have already cancelled their 2021 road races and with all of the above in mind, the club have taken the regrettable decision to cancel the iconic road race for a second year running.
This decision was not taken lightly, and it was with a heavy heart that the committee felt it necessary to go with the cancellation.
We had great support from our sponsors, Fingal County Council, our course residents and land owners and of course our road race family and we look forward to their valued support for Skerries 100 2022. We know while the town of Skerries and business in the surrounding areas are still suffering, most were looking forward to the return of racing, to help boost the local economy.
The club wished to thank everyone for their support and patience, as they awaited with hope, the race would return for 2021, but sadly we will have to wait until 2022.
Despite calling off the racing, the club is still hoping to run one or two small events to celebrate the 75th year of the Skerries this season.