Blow for speedway as Adrian Flux-sponsored British Grand Prix is cancelled
The British Speedway Grand Prix, which is sponsored by the East Winch-based Adrian Flux Insurance, has been cancelled.
Organisers announced the decision, which they said was taken due to ongoing social distancing restrictions and uncertainty surrounding the return of large-scale events in Wales, this afternoon.
The event was due to take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on July 17.
In a statement issued via the Speedway Grand Prix website, Paul Bellamy, senior vice-president of motorsport events for IMG, said they were “extremely disappointed” by the move.
He added: “Our team has been working hard for many months to explore multiple options with the Welsh government and Principality Stadium in the hope of being able to welcome riders and fans back to Cardiff in July.
"However, sadly due to ongoing uncertainty around social distancing and other event-related restrictions, we are not able to do so.
“We know how much this event means to fans and riders, and thank them for their ongoing understanding and support.”
Alex Luff, Principality Stadium Group Events Sales and Operations Manager, added: "We've enjoyed 19 years of extraordinary times with the British FIM Speedway Grand Prix, the stadium’s longest-running third-party event outside of international rugby.
"The team is wonderful to work with and I share in their disappointment in announcing this year’s cancellation.
“Motorsport fans have visited us from all over the world for the last two decades; the dedication and enthusiasm for the sport that they bring will be greatly missed this year.”
Fans who have bought tickets will be contacted in due course with refund information.
Although the Welsh Government has outlined plans to enable up to 1,000 people to attend outdoor sporting and cultural events this summer, there are no details about which events might be part of the pilot.
In contrast, crowds will begin to return to sporting events in England from tomorrow, when a series of pilot events starts with the opening day's play of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.
The UK Government's roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions allows for reduced capacities at sporting fixtures from May 17, as long as the public health situation means it is safe for that to happen.