In view of the still rampant coronavirus pandemic, the Isle of Man government saw itself compelled to cancel the 2021 Tourist Trophy races. The event is scheduled to take place again in 2022.
“We are aware of the disappointment that our cancellation causes in many people, but we are making an early and logical decision in order to offer the racing drivers, racing fans and everyone else involved in our event security and clarity,” said Minister Laurence Skelly as representative the government.
“We did not make the decision easy for ourselves and examined all possible options, including postponing it to a later point in the year. However, there are risks and uncertainties that have spoken against this possibility. “
“It takes thousands of volunteers and officials to carry out the Tourist Trophy to handle the multitude of tasks that go into organizing such an event. Right now, despite all the advances in a global vaccination program, it would be irresponsible to welcome tens of thousands of spectators. “
“Everyone involved in the TT is of course disappointed that the event was canceled in 2021. However, this decision was made as early as possible so that everyone who is affected can plan accordingly, ”added Paul Phillips, Tourist Trophy Business Development Manager.
“I’m sorry for all the fans, drivers, teams and volunteers who have to wait another year after this year’s TT cancellation, but we as the organizing team will work hard to come back with an even better event in 2022.”
«We are working hard with our partners to hold the Classic TT and the Manx Grand Prix from August 21st to September 3rd, 2021. A final decision on whether these events will take place will be made in spring 2021. “