By Kyle White Belfast Newsletter
The Armoy Road Races in July have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, the organisers issued a statement and confirmed the ‘Race of Legends’ would not take place this year.
The statement said: “In view of current extension to the ‘stay at home’ restrictions relating to the Coronavirus public health crisis and the advice from the sport’s governing body, it is with great regret that the Directors and Chairman of Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club Limited have agreed that the Armoy Road Races and Bayview Hotel Race of Legends, due to take place on 24th & 25th July, will unfortunately be cancelled for 2020.
“Throughout the course of the last few weeks, we had continued to plan for our race in the event that restrictions could be lifted or relaxed. However, in the light of the recent review by local government and the ongoing economic impact on everyone, we believe that cancelling our event until 2021, is in the best interest of all concerned.
“We would like to extend our thanks to all our sponsors, not least our title sponsor the Bayview Hotel, for their commitment to Armoy again in 2020 and for their understanding of our decision to cancel this year’s event. We send them all our very best wishes in these difficult and uncertain times.
“We apologise for any disruption this cancellation may cause to those of you who have made travel plans to come to Armoy but we do hope to see you all again in the near future.”
The announcement follows the postponement of the Cookstown 100, Tandragee 100 and North West 200 road races. The Cookstown organisers have stated their intention of rescheduling their event for September, but no alternative dates have yet been suggested for the Tandragee 100 or North West 200.
All road races in the Republic of Ireland have been cancelled, including Kells, Cork, Skerries, Walderstown, Faugheen and the East Coast Festival at Killalane.
The Ulster Grand Prix is also a non-starter this year as a result of the financial crisis the Dundrod Club is currently facing, while the Isle of Man TT and Southern 100 were cancelled in March.