Rallye Monte Carlo Historique cancelled due to COVID-19
The worsening COVID-19 situation in France has forced the cancellation of the 24th Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, due to run from 30 January to 3 February
In the wake of new curfew restrictions across France, the Automobile Club de Monaco moved quickly to confirm that its annual historic regularity rally would not run in 2021.
With a new curfew imposed from 6pm local time and growing concerns about a large influx of competitors, teams and spectators into the region, the organisers were left with little option but to cancel what would have been the 24th running of one of the biggest events of the genre.
The event typically draws competitors from across Europe although this year's entry was down to around 180 cars from the norm of up to 300.
The prospect of overnight accommodation being closed was another factor in the decision.
Christian Tornatore of the ACM said: "We have special thoughts for all our friends, be they competitors, marshals, partners or volunteers who are impacted by this cancellation.
"However, we really had no other choice available since the current situation does not allow us to organise this regularity competition in its usual friendly and festive spirit."
The event normally attracts a strong contingent of British competitors for an event that delivers a major challenge over famous Monte Carlo Rally roads and mountain passes, often covered in snow and ice.
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