North Antrim MP Ian Paisley, an avid road racing fan has supported the decision by Coleraine and District Motor club for showing leadership to ‘postpone’ this years North West 200 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement Ian Paisley Jr said;
“Tonight I spoke with the race Clark of the Course, Mervyn White and discussed the 2020 race. He has informed me that the decision has been taken to postpone the race in May, given the government advice on the spread of Coronavirus.
“The announcement by the government to prohibit large gatherings really means that in the interests of public safety it is just not feasible for an event, that attracts up to 100,000 visitors and spectators, to proceed as planned.
“This is not the first time the event has faced such challenges. During the foot and mouth crisis the race was cancelled and during one year a bomb scare seriously disrupted racing.
“The organisers of the race always put NI first and have the interests of Northern Ireland at heart. I know this will be a difficult decision but I can only support the Coleraine and District club for showing leadership.
“This will be a blow to the local community. In fact the local economy stands to lose £12 million in turnover as a result and this will be impossible to replace. I’ve already asked the government to provide rate and vat relief as well as other measures to help the local economy.”
The organisers are expected to make an official announcement later today.