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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 26/10/2019: Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) celebrates winning the Sunflower trophy race at Bishopscourt today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 26/10/2019: Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) celebrates winning the Sunflower trophy race at Bishopscourt today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 26/10/2019: Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) celebrates winning the Sunflower trophy race at Bishopscourt today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

The Sunflower Trophy race will not take place this year in order to ‘protect the reputation’ of the event.

It’s the second year in a row that Northern Ireland’s biggest short circuit event, which takes place at Bishopscourt, has been cancelled. Organisers at the Hillsborough Club confirmed the decision had been taken ‘under prevailing circumstances’.

"The decision was not taken lightly during a meeting called especially to discuss all ideas and possible alternatives,” read a statement. “Hillsborough Club are proud of our valuable spectators, sponsors, advertisers and competitors and the reputation, built collectively by all of us over many years, to take a chance of it not being a Sunflower in the true tradition.

“Hillsborough Club could never be accused of pessimism but this year after 42 great Sunflower’s it was agreed, under prevailing circumstances, including the final BSB round one week after our date moving us into November to cancel and protect the Sunflower Trophy reputation for the future enjoyment of all those who collectively make it happen.”

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