The 2021 West Cork Rally has become the latest Irish race to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The rally, which was scheduled for the 20/21 March of this year follows the Circuit of Ireland, which was called off last week.

The Cork Motor Club, organisers of the race said “The cancellation comes amid the continuing uncertainty
around large-scale gatherings taking place in Ireland which have the potential to encourage the spreading of the coronavirus.

Steve Davis, clerk of the course commented, “On one level this was a very difficult decision to make as we had already lost the 2020 rally at the 11th hour, which was completely the right call, after the way things panned out in March of last year.

“On another level, it was a ‘no brainer’, safety must always come first, both that of the volunteers and competitors and more importantly that of the local West Cork community. We couldn’t justify putting additional pressure on all the hard-working overstretched HSE staff and other Public Health services to run the event”.

With only three of the seven rounds still scheduled to take place, the Rally of the Lakes, Donegal International Rally and Cork 20, the Irish Tarmac Rally Championships looks set to be cancelled for a second successive year.