WIRRAL 100 chiefs have today confirmed that their first round at Anglesey this weekend will not go ahead in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The club, which was due to open its season with a double-header at the Welsh circuit in just a few days, has become the latest race organisation to be forced to call off action for the foreseeable future.
A statement from Wirral 100 Motor Club officials reads:
Last week we confirmed that the Club’s upcoming two-day race meeting at Anglesey, including the one-day New Riders’ Course, would go ahead, unless Government guidelines over Coronavirus changed significantly this week.
Yesterday (16th March) those guidelines did change significantly particularly with the publication of this statement: ‘Avoid social contact with others and non-essential travel’. It cannot be denied that race meetings obviously do involve social contact and non-essential travel, and whilst there is a legal / insurance argument that the guidelines may not be strictly ‘law’, we all know that the medical situation is very serious and the UK is entering a lock-down situation. Our sincere hope is that the virus is significantly contained.
We have consulted with the Anglesey Circuit and with the ACU, and taken into account the duty of care we have for the paddock community at large, our officials and marshals, the medics, the circuit staff, the spectators and not least, the local community, including the hospital at Bangor.
We have also taken into account the number of withdrawals we have had from riders, officials and marshals since the Government’s statement.
So very sadly, the decision has been taken to cancel the meeting.
All entry fees will be returned, and we would ask those, who are due refunds, to email their bank details (name of account, sort code & account number) to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Obviously this is very disappointing for the Circuit, the Club and its riders, marshals and officials, who have put in so much work to organise the event. We plan to be back as soon as possible. Thank you.
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