CHIEFS at the Wirral 100 Motor Club have dropped the axe on their August meeting at Anglesey amid growing concerns of a Covid-19 outbreak in the region.
The event, which was originally scheduled to run in less than a fortnight before being pushed back to the end of the month, has now been scrubbed from the W100 calendar with restrictions in Wales keeping sporting events involving more than 30 participants off the cards.
Bosses will now look to the Anglesey Grand finale as their only remaining hope for a 2020 round.
A statement from the club reads:
The Wirral Hundred’s committee, after considering the Welsh Government’s latest Coronavirus lockdown statement of 31st July and after consulting with the Anglesey Circuit, agreed regrettably to cancel the Club’s race meeting scheduled for 29th & 30th August.
This decision comes in the light of current concerns of an increase in Coronavirus in the North West of England and North Wales, but more specifically because of the continuing uncertainty and anomalies over the Welsh Government’s strict Covid-19 lockdown restrictions banning sporting events involving more than 30 people.
The Club has worked tirelessly to make this August meeting happen, with two previous postponements and now this final cancellation. We have completed the ACU’s Covid-19 Risk Assessments and liaised with the circuit over special Covid-19 instructions and procedures regarding social-distancing and PPE, and whilst we are disappointed that the meeting will not now take place, we of course acknowledge that the health and safety of the Welsh residents and visitors is far more important than this single race meeting.
However, there seems little doubt that had the meeting been in England, the less stringent lockdown guidelines there, whether wisely or not, would have allowed it to take place.
The Club wishes to emphasise that it has every intention of running its race meeting at Anglesey on 10th & 11th October. This will, of course, depend on there being no spike in the pandemic, on an easing of the Welsh Government’s lockdown restrictions applicable to sporting events, and most importantly on the support of our riders, officials and marshals.