Organisers of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship regret to announce that the final round of the 2011 season, the Rally Isle of Man, will now not take place. It means that the Championship and its support series, the BRC Challenge, will now be decided this weekend at Rally Yorkshire.

This follows an announcement by the Board of Directors for the Rally Isle of Man who have today confirmed the cancellation of the 2011 event, which was scheduled to take place on 27–29th October.

The rally organisers cite several factors for their decision, including: reduced entries across all categories, travel issues caused by this year’s move to an Autumn date and potential route problems on the popular Castletown spectator stage.

Brian Walton, Chairman of the organising committee for the rally said: “It is a desperately disappointing decision that we have had to take and certainly not one that we make without earnest consideration. Having looked at all the issues and available options we feel however, that we have made the right move for our event. We have been placed in a difficult position, mainly by circumstances and decisions over which we had little control.”

Mr Walton continues: “We have established a reputation down the years for running a world class event, a true test of man and machine on some of the best rally roads anywhere. We do not want to run an event unless it can be to the highest standards and would reflect well on the Isle of Man. We regret any inconvenience caused to those who had made plans to attend the rally and thank all those who have supported us to this stage.”

Mark Taylor, Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship Manager responded by saying: “It is a great shame, but given the current circumstances and having been party to all the factors that led up to the decision, I believe it is a sensible option to take. We will continue to work with the rally organisers and the Isle of Man government to find a sustainable solution and we will give the event every opportunity to return to the BRC calendar in 2013.”
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