Manx Auto Sport regrets to announce the 2020 Manx Rally scheduled for the 15th/16th May will be postponed, following the announcements made by the Isle of Man Government yesterday (16th March).
The organising committee has been closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation over recent weeks and was well advanced in the planning of the popular closed road stage rally which had already attracted a capacity entry.
However, the Isle of Man authorities have elected to ramp up protection against the pandemic on the island and therefore organisers were left with no choice but to postpone the event to a later date.
Mark Quayle, Clerk of the Course said “Following on from the announcements made by the Isle of Man Government yesterday, Manx Auto Sport regrets to announce that the 2020 Manx Rally is to be postponed. This has not been an easy decision for the organisers who have been working tirelessly to offer one of the best events in our history.
We had already attracted a bumper entry and had devised a superb route, with two days of classic motorsport on the island on offer. But, of course, the health and well being of everyone on the island and associated with the rally is paramount and we respect the decision of the Government.
We would like to stress that the event is currently postponed, to enable the club and the organising committee to consult with other appropriate bodies and consider all options available to them. A tremendous amount of hard work and effort has been put in by the organising committee over the last six months in respect to delivering a high quality event. You can be assured that the team will be back stronger than ever. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Manx Rally in the future”.
The club will issue a further update in due course and will be in contact with competitors regarding refunds.
The Masterpixel Media Manx National, Isle of Man International, Manx Historic and Chris Kelly Memorial Rallies were due to take place from its Manx TT Grandstand base, with 18 stages with around 130 competitive stage miles on offer. The route had included the return of the iconic Castletown stage.
The event is a round of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, Manx Rally Championship, Brian Dennis Motorsport/Marsh Commercial Welsh Historic Championship, ANWCC Stage Rally Championship and SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship.