Announcement: COVID-19: 2020 Plains Rally Cancelled

 

 

On 17th March, the organisers of the Plains Rally, Knutsford & District Motor Club Limited, took the reasonable decision to postpone the rally, scheduled for Saturday 16th May until conditions allowed it to run safely.

 

Since then, the organisers have been considering their options. A rescheduled event would in the organiser’s opinion, likely require a new forest allocation, since we share forests used on WRGB, and while we are confident that our friends and partners at NRW and R4W would do everything they could to help us achieve this, we would also have to secure suitable venues to host scrutineering, documentation, start, finish and service. With Motorsport UK suspending permits until at least 30th April, a considerable amount of work would have to be completed in a relatively short time period to promote a rescheduled event towards the end of 2020

While the dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable organising team are capable of rising to such a challenge, with Motorsport UK’s announcing on 24th March that the suspension of permits has been extended to at least 30th June, the organisers feel in light of this new announcement that now is the right time to cancel the 2020 event and concentrate our efforts on 2021.

 

 https://www.motorsportuk.org/motorsport-uk-extends-suspension-of-motorsport-permits-to-30th-june/

 

The organisers had planned a new format for 2020, which would see the event move to Mallwyd and Dinas Mawddwy, the aim was to reduce the overall road mileage on the event while still providing 8 stages in Dyfnant, Aberhirnant and, for the first time in over 10-years, Drws-y-Nant. The organising team have put in many hours work, which will not now come to fruition in 2020, but will not go to waste; we have a solid platform for 2021.

The organisers are sad that they are unable to continue with the 2020 event and apologise to all our potential competitors and spectators, but we believe making and announcing a clear decision to cancel now, is the right thing to do. The most important thing in these difficult times, is for everyone to stay safe and well.

To all our venue owners, NRW, R4W, volunteer marshals, radio crews, Drs, paramedics, rescue and recovery vehicle operators, safety car team, stage commanders and radio controllers, entries and results teams, Safety Delegate, Stewards, and last but not least, the organising team, thank you for your help and support; I look forward to working with you all again in 2021.

 

 

Les Sharp

Clerk of Course

 

 

 

CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

  • Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Stage Rally Championship
  • ANWCC Forest Stage Rally Championship
  • SD34 Stage Rally Championship
  • Rallyme Mini Challenge

 

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