THE Circuit of Ireland International Rally’s return to the schedule has been postponed after it became the latest event to be hit by the global coronavirus outbreak.
The event was due to make its return after a four-year absence, sponsored by Wastewater Solutions.
The rally, which centred around Dundrod, had been penciled in to be run from April 10-11.
Organisers the Ulster Automobile Club are confident that this is not a cancellation of the race, rather it will be run later in the year instead.
The event is part of both the FIA ERT Celtic Trophy and Irish Tarmac Rally Championships, and the hope is that it will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Event director Graeme Stewart said: “The team have been monitoring this situation on an daily basis and have decided, in line with guidelines issued by Motorsport UK, the Government and the Public Health Agency, it is in the best interests of public health to act now in order to reduce the spread of the virus and postpone the event.”
Rally organisers say they are actively pursuing an alternative date later in 2020.