The opening round of the 2003 Pirelli British Rally Championship, the International Rally of Wales, has been forced to cancel after not receiving enough entries to make the event financially viable. As of 6th March 2003, only 25 entries have...
The opening round of the 2003 Pirelli British Rally Championship, the International Rally of Wales, has been forced to cancel after not receiving enough entries to make the event financially viable.
As of 6th March 2003, only 25 entries have been received for the International Rally of Wales due to take place over the weekend of 21st- 23rd March. After making extensive enquiries, there would appear to be no more than seven other potential entries wishing to take part in the event. The organising committee have considered a reduced mileage event but this would still leave a considerable shortfall in the budget.
Without a major sponsor, the difference was too much to make the event a viable proposition and the decision has had to be taken that the 2003 Rally of Wales and associated events will regrettably not take place.
The organisers very much regret having to take this step and emphasise that all entry fees received to date will be refunded in full.
Event Press Officer Jamie Edwards commented:
"The entire organising team are all devastated at having to cancel the event so late in the day. Unfortunately the event has not had a title sponsor for the past two years, and as such, we are dependant on receiving a high number of entries to make the event a success in financial terms.
Sadly, entries were very low this year, and as such, we had no option but to cut our losses and cancel the event rather than running the risk of thousands and thousands of debt. Unfortunately the cancellation of the 2001 Rally of Wales due to the Foot and Mouth epidemic also hit us hard financially, and we were not able to sustain such a loss again.
I would like to express our gratitude to all the many people involved in organising the event for their time and devotion in trying to make the event viable for this year. We will do everything we can to make the event a rallying success when it returns in 2004."