2020 North West 200 Cancelled

2020 North West 200 Cancelled : 

2020 North West 200 Cancelled
2020 North West 200 Cancelled

Initially the organisers of the 2020 North West 200 had only postponed the event. However today it has unfortunately been confirmed via an early morning press release that the event has now been cancelled.


2020 FONACAB AND NICHOLL OILS NORTH WEST 200 CANCELLED.

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.

A provisional date for the 2021 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils NW200 Race Week Festival has already been set for 9th to 15th May. We hope everyone stays safe and well so we can return to an even bigger and better North West 200 12 months from now. fonaCAB Nicholl Fuel Oils Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Causeway Coast & Glens Events #NW200 #Northwest200.


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2020 Classic TT & 2020 Manx GP Cancelled

2020 Classic TT & 2020 Manx GP Cancelled :

2020 Classic TT Cancelled
2020 Classic TT Cancelled

The final road racing events* of 2020 left to announce their status have both confirmed today that they are cancelled. (*Macau is still on the calendar)

The 2020 Classic TT and 2020 Manx GP have been cancelled.

There is now no confirmed racing on the Island of Ireland or the Isle of Man in 2020.

Cookstown and the North West 200 are still holding out a little hope to reschedule their events for later in the year but that is a hope I do not share. It is now extremely likely that the only racing that we will see this year will be Macau. If even Macau?

2020 Manx GP Cancelled
2020 Manx GP Cancelled

Press Release from the Classic TT and Manx GP :

The Isle of Man Government and the Manx Motor Cycle Club, the race organisers of the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix, have taken the joint decision to cancel this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts and Manx Grand Prix, which were due to take place between the 22nd August and the 4th September on the Isle of Man. 

The decision to cancel both events has been taken following consultation between the Department for Enterprise and race organisers, the Manx Motor Cycle Club, taking into account the emergency measures including current border controls and travel restrictions caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, announced the decision today, saying: ‘This is obviously a conclusion that we didn’t want to reach but unfortunately when all the factors and advice are considered we felt that it was important to make an early decision to provide clarity and certainty to race officials, fans and sponsors, as well as competitors themselves. Although we cannot predict at this stage exactly what the Island’s or the global position will be in four months’ time, there is sufficient uncertainty and therefore making an early decision is the only responsible thing to do.

‘We also want to reassure the Island’s residents that their health and wellbeing remains our number one priority and focus in this ongoing situation and furthermore it isn’t appropriate to potentially place additional demands onto our hard-working hospital and medical staff by running the events this year.’

Peter Maddocks, Manx Motor Cycle Club Chairman, commented: ‘We were asked, as race organisers, by the Government whether we were confident that the event could take place purely from a logistical and operational point of view this year. Although we were confident that we could provide the officials, the situation around other key personnel, such as marshals and medical personnel could not be guaranteed. Additionally, the availability of event critical contractors and whether the infrastructure and equipment could even reach the Isle of Man in time is also an area of great uncertainty

‘We also took into account the levels of pre-event practice the riders would have had to enable them to effectively take on the unique challenge that racing on the Mountain Course represents. All of these factors were considered and ultimately formed the basis of the decision that, from an operational point of view, the event had to be cancelled this year. Even though we are all in uncertain times the Club is looking forward to planning a return to the mountain course in 2021.’


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2020 Kells Road Races Cancelled

2020 Kells Road Races Cancelled :

North Meath Road Races have today issued a pressed release explaining that the 2020 Kells Road Races have been cancelled.

2020 Kells Road Races Press Release
2020 Kells Road Races Press Release

Keep up with all the latest News on the Kells Road Races Official Facebook Page.

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2020 Southern 100 Cancelled

2020 Southern 100 Cancelled
2020 Southern 100 Cancelled

2020 Southern 100 Cancelled :

Southern 100 Racing held a meeting of its senior race officials on Wednesday evening 18th March to discuss the running of the 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races either on the scheduled dates of 6th, 7th, 8th & 9thJuly or possibly postpone them until later in the year.

It was decided after discussion regarding the present and on-going situation regarding the Coronavirus 19 crisis and the announcement by the Isle of Man Government’s Chief Minister earlier today that the current situation could continue for at least a further six months and after consultation with the club’s Chief Medical Officer regarding the availability of Doctors and Paramedics to cover the races, many of whom travel from the UK, that it is unlikely that they will able to leave their respective positions, we would have insufficient cover to run the races on the scheduled dates or any other.

The Doctors, Paramedics and other medical people who live on the Island will be similarly occupied at Nobles & Ramsey Cottage Hospital and other Medical practices and will like their UK counterparts will be involved with the COVID-19 cover and unlikely to be allowed to take leave.

Added to the lack of medical cover there is also the likelihood of a shortage of Race Marshals due to travel restrictions presently in place which may well be increased between now and July and could result in less than the required number of marshals available to man the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course.

It was therefore decided by the Race Committee, very reluctantly to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races.

The Committee left it was better to take this decision now, rather than defer on a monthly basis in the hope that Medical cover would become available at the ‘last minute’.

Whilst it is major disappointment for the race organisers, we know that the announcement will be met with a similar response from competitors and race fans who enjoy attending the ‘friendly races’ year on year and Southern 100 Racing look forward to welcoming you all back to the Billown Course in 2021.

This also means that the postponement of the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races announced in a Media Release on Monday 16th March are now also cancelled. Competitors who have entered will be contacted by the Race or Club Secretary in the next few days.

The dates of the 2021 Road Races on the Billown Course are:

Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races

Friday, Saturday & Monday 28th, 29th & 31st May 2021

Silicone Racing Post TT Road Races

Saturday 12th June 2021

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th July 2021


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2020 PRE-TT CLASSIC & POST TT RACES CANCELLED

2020 PRE-TT CLASSIC & POST TT RACES CANCELLED
2020 PRE-TT CLASSIC & POST TT RACES CANCELLED

2020 PRE-TT CLASSIC & POST TT RACES CANCELLED :

Southern 100 Racing, organisers of the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races & Silicone Post TT Road Races are very conscious of the unprecedented situation regarding the COVID 19 outbreak and are fully behind the Isle of Man Government’s Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK’s decision to cancel the 2020 TT Races and the races that traditionally open and close the TT Festival in the interest of the health of the people of the Island, but also the safety of our volunteers, officials, local residents  and landowners around the Colas Billown Course and also the competitors and spectators and the wider general public.

Whilst planning for the 2020 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races and the Silicone Post TT Road Races were well advanced and entries being received and accepted and course preparation due to commence, Southern 100 Racing are saddened that they are having to cancel both events which have grown in popularity over the years and have become an integral part of the TT Festival.

The Club is presently reviewing the situation regarding holding the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races later in the year, however it will not be possible to re-arrange the Silicone Post TT Road Races.

Southern 100 Racing will be in contact with all competitors, who have entered either or both the Pre-TT & Post TT Races regarding refund of entry fees in the next fortnight.

In the meantime, please put the following dates in your diary for 2021 (they have already been added to the TBNI Road Racing Calendar): Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races – Friday, Saturday and Monday 28th, 29th & 30th May and the Silicone Post TT Road Races on Saturday 12th June. Look forward to seeing you at and around the Colas Billown Course then.


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TT 2020 Cancelled

TT 2020 Cancelled

TT 2020 Cancelled Official Press Release:

The Council of Ministers has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Isle of Man TT Races which were due to take place between 30th May and 13th June.

The decision has been taken following confirmation that the Island has stepped up its measures to protect the population against the pandemic.

Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, commented: ‘The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly and all options including postponement and delaying the decision have been considered in detail. Representatives from the Isle of Man Government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognises will be significant.

‘With the visitor restriction in place for the foreseeable future we wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward. The Isle of Man, and the Isle of Man TT, are faced with unique challenges regarding COVID-19 and making this decision will provide certainty to teams, competitors, sponsors and stakeholders of the event and to visitors across the globe.

‘The decision also aims to provide reassurance for our residents and healthcare professionals that the health and well-being of the Isle of Man’s residents is the single biggest priority and focus of this Government.’

The Department for Enterprise will, in due course, issue full refunds for all Official Tickets including Grandstand tickets, Hospitality Packages and other Official Event Experiences purchased through iomttraces.com.

The Department’s Motorsport Team is continuing to work with the Manx Motor Cycle Club for the successful delivery of the 2020 Classic TT Races and Manx Grand Prix which is due to begin on 22nd August 2020 and will continue to review the delivery of the event against prevailing global conditions.

The Department for Enterprise and Treasury are looking at various options to support businesses affected by the cancellation and will be introducing a range of support measures, the first of which will be announced in Tynwald tomorrow.

AUTHOR: IOM TT RACES OFFICIAL

PUBLISHED: 16 MARCH 2020

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2020 Tandragee 100 Postponed

The 2020 Tandragee 100 has been postponed. The 60th Anniversary of the County Armagh Road Races is the latest event to fall victim of of the covid-19 outbreak.

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The full press release from the club is as follows :

2020 Tandragee 100 Postponed : Pic by Stephen Davison
2020 Tandragee 100 Postponed : Pic by Stephen Davison

***Press Release – 60th Anniversary Around A Pound Tandragee 100 Postponed***

First and foremost, the safety of our society, more than ever, has to come first. 

Read more2020 Tandragee 100 Postponed

Portrush Air Show Cancelled

2020 Portrush Air Show Cancelled
2020 Portrush Air Show Cancelled

Portrush Air Show Cancelled : Today it has been confirmed that the 2020 Portrush Air Show (Airwaves) has been cancelled thanks to budget cuts by the Causeway Coast and Glens Council.

Somehow the council has found itself £68,000,000 in debt so in its wisdom has decided to cut one of the events that brings huge tourism to the area. Estimates suggest that the Portrush Air Show brings around £2,000,000 to Portrush and the North Coast annually in revenue. The Council funding the Air Show runs to the region of £240,000 – so remove £240k and loose £2 Million. How do these decision makers get in power, why do we vote them in and moreso how do they get their area £68 Million in debt?

The North Coast area of Northern Ireland should be buzzing just one year after The Open came to Royal Portrush Golf Club but instead Portrush is losing events and facilities that should have been securing money to the area and the Portrush Air Show is not all that has suffered.

The full extent of the cuts that the Council will be making can be found here : https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/uploads/general/200212_SCM_Item_4_Savings_for_Inclusion_in_rates_Estimates_V2_REDACTED.pdf

But here are some the main points :

Waterworld Portrush
Waterworld Portrush
  • The Portrush Air Show is Cancelled.
  • Waterworld will be closed.
  • Other Leisure and Environmental Services will be cut.
  • Rates will increase by 7.65%
  • New Parking Charges will be introduced.
  • Bins (Black) will now one be collected monthly.

So really what that means is all the good work and rejuvenation of Portrush in recent years is now wasted. The nostalgic reasons for visiting Portrush for local Northern Irish people is diminishing away to nothing as are the reasons for foreign visitors. Barry’s future is in question, Waterworld will be closed and the Air Show is no more. What was becoming a increasingly desirable place to live with new sea view and sea side apartments popping up everywhere will now suffer with a rates hike. Your rubbish will be emptied once a month, so the amount of vermin will increase, fly tipping will increase and the place will be dirtier – simple science. You’ll get charged for parking, but the good news is there will be loads of spaces because no one will be visiting.

The NW200 is still secured thanks to a new sponsorship deal with FonaCab and Nicholl Oils but this has been a bad and sad day for the North Coast.

Of course there are still reasons to visit one of the most beautiful and one of my personal favourite parts of Northern Ireland, such as the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, The Dark Hedges, Bushmills, Ballintoy Harbour and of course the simply glorious Causeway Coastal Route -so please make sure you do visit and support the area, just don’t expect anything good from the Council whether you are a visitor or resident!

Read more about this story here :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/51498124

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-51487911

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-51474969

2018 Welsh Road Race Called Off?

Welsh Road Race
Welsh Road Race


Update : The 2018 Welsh Road has been cancelled / postponed : https://tbni.blog/2018/02/03/2018-welsh-road-race-cancelled-postponed/


Motorcycle News are reporting that the Welsh Road Race may be cancelled :

https://www.motorcyclenews.com/sport/tt-road-races/2018/january/roads-welsh-road-race-set-to-be-called-off-/

I have asked for comment from the Welsh Road Race on Twitter :

To be updated when more news comes in…