The Hindmarsh Shire Rainbow Desert Enduro will not take place in 2021.
Originally scheduled for at the end of August, the Victorian Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) pushed Rainbow back to a new date in September.
However, with border restrictions and lockdowns in place across regional Victoria, VORRA made the call to cancel the BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC) round.
VORRA President Tony Carabott was disappointed to announce the cancellation.
”It is with sadness that we are cancelling the 2021 Hindmarsh Shire Rainbow Desert Enduro, but we just didn’t think it was feasible to run at this point,” Carabott said.
“We’re now four weeks out from the event and while some may consider it quite early to pull the plug, many event organisers would know a lot goes into running a national event and there is a time where there is no turning back. That time is now.
“It’s highly disappointing that we can’t run an AORC round this year, but we will look towards a bigger and better 2022.”
Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith echoed Carabott’s comments on the disappointment of Rainbow’s cancellation.
“Rainbow is a fantastic spectacle for many people and it’s disappointing that it’s the first AORC event for the year to be cancelled,” Smith said.
“In any case, this sort of news will never be easy to hear and I applaud Tony and his team at VORRA for hanging on for as long as they could.
“The reality in these situations is that there is plenty of uncertainty at the moment and the best we can do is just hope that things will improve over the coming months.”
2021 AORC Calendar
Round 1: Cobb & Co. St George 399 – completed
Round 2: Tatts Finke Desert Race – completed
Round 3: Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race – 22-24 October
Round 4: Can-Am Loveday 400 – 29-31 October