In another blow for British rallying, this year's Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship has been cancelled.
Championship promoter Colin Heppenstall had been hoping to run a shortened three-round championship to be run later this year, but today's announcement that the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire (25-26 September) has been cancelled has left the BHRC abandoned.
Trackrod organiser Rod Parkin said: "We have closely monitored the advice from the government and Motorsport UK and we are sure that all the implications are well understood without the need to detail them here.
"Uppermost in our minds is the safety of all concerned in running a complex event involving many people and outside agencies. Whilst we had several 'Plan B' scenarios, time has overtaken us and it is now the appropriate time to make a decision."
"In the current climate of COVID-19 restrictions and with no timetable on the horizon for rallying to restart, we understand the Trackrod Motor Club's decision to cancel their event in September," Heppenstall, from the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, added.
"We had looked at adding one more event to the BHRC schedule along with the Trackrod and the Carlisle Stages (24 October), but this has left us with no option but to cancel the 2020 championship."
The BHRC becomes the latest Historic and classic event cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Goodwood announcing both its Festival of Speed and Revival race meeting have been cancelled for 2020, but it may hold an event behind closed doors later this year.