‘Rallye Casinos do Algarve’, the last stage of the Portuguese Rally Championship, will not be going ahead as planned this month.
Organisers Clube Automóvel do Algarve (CAA) have announced that the formal authorisation it received to be able to organise the event has been revoked by the region’s health authority.
“A sports event of this size would both increase the chances of contagion as well as take up the time of safety forces and other professionals who are presently vital in the fight against Covid-19” – this was the argument used by the health board, said CAA last Friday afternoon in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
The organisers will now try to convince Solverde – Casinos do Algarve (the event’s main sponsor) and the local councils involved to postpone the race to December, should conditions allow.
The ‘Rallye Casinos do Algarve’ was due to take place next weekend (November 14 and 15) in Lagoa, Portimão, Monchique and Lagos, less than a week before the MotoGP which is due to take place at the Algarve International Racetrack, albeit without spectators.