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Busy boy: Craig Breen will combine European rallies with some WRC outings

Busy boy: Craig Breen will combine European rallies with some WRC outings

Busy boy: Craig Breen will combine European rallies with some WRC outings

The Circuit of Ireland International Rally's return to the schedule has been pushed back after it became the latest event to be postponed due to the coronavirus.

The Ulster-based event was due to make its return after a four-year absence, sponsored by Wastewater Solutions, however now fans will have to wait for it to come back.

The rally, which centred around Dundrod, had been pencilled in to be run from April 10-11 but has now been postponed over fears of spreading the Covid-19 virus.

However, organisers the Ulster Automobile Club are confident that this is not a cancellation of the race, rather it will be run later in the year instead.

The event is part of both the FIA ERT Celtic Trophy and Irish Tarmac Rally Championships, and the hope is that it will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Event director Graeme Stewart said: "The team have been monitoring this situation on an daily basis and have decided, in line with guidelines issued by Motorsport UK, the Government and the Public Health Agency, it is in the best interests of public health to act now in order to reduce the spread of the virus and postpone the event."

Belfast Telegraph