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Organisers announce 2021 Snowman Rally has been cancelled in blow for motor racing in Inverness and Ross-shire

By Will Clark

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ORGANISERS have confirmed the 2021 Snowman Rally has been cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Binnie and co-driver Claire Mole won the Snowman Rally in 2020. Picture: James Mackenzie
Michael Binnie and co-driver Claire Mole won the Snowman Rally in 2020. Picture: James Mackenzie

The announcement was made by Highland Car Club tonight stating improvements to infection rates will not come quick enough for when the event is due to take place on Saturday, March 6.

Clerk of the course Andy Jardine said they left the decision as late as possible to understand how restrictions might be eased in the spring.

He said they will concentrate on staging the event in 2022.

He said: “There are still too many unknowns. We currently can’t have two people in a car from different households, we don’t know how travel between the tiers will go after new year and there is no prospect of being able to allow spectators into the stages.

"When you take all these things into account it is safer leaving it for a year and put our efforts into the 2022 event.

"The priority now is for us to keep following the government guidance, sparing a thought for those that have suffered and look forward to life returning to normal.”

The Snowman Rally is one of the Highland’s biggest sporting events in the year and attracts competitors, marshals and spectators from all over Scotland and beyond. It was due to be the first round of the 2021 KNC Scottish Rally Championship.

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