The 2020 Irish Tarmac Rally Championship has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Following Monday's announcement of the cancellation of the Ulster Rally, which was due to be run in August, overall championship organisers the Tarmac Rally Organisers' Association (TROA) have decided to scrap the series altogether.

However, not all the individual events on the calendar have officially been cancelled, such as the Donegal International, which has been postponed from its June date, and the Cork 20, which is still due to run in September.

In a statement, the TROA said "After considering the present circumstances, the board of directors and executive of the TROA reached a unanimous decision to cancel this year's championship.

"Five of the championship's remaining six rounds have either been postponed or cancelled (and) these decisions have been made to protect the public from the effects of coronavirus."

It added that "clubs are still welcome to run an event if they wish, but it won't hold championship status".

TROA chairman Colman Hegarty said: "It was a difficult decision to make but I believe it is in the best interests of everyone involved.

"I'd like to thank our registered competitors, sponsors, and fans for their understanding and support in these difficult times. We hope to see you all next year for a full championship."

The TROA was only able to run one round this year - the Corrib Oil Galway International won by the Fiesta of Alastair Fisher - while the second round, the Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally, was postponed at the last minute in March.

The majority of the crews, including World Rally Driver Craig Breen, were in Clonakilty preparing for a race that was to be a round of both the Irish and British Rally Championships when it was postponed to an unannounced later date.

Subsequent rounds, the Killarney Rally of the Lakes, the Circuit of Ireland in Northern Ireland and the three-day Donegal International were also postponed.

That left just the Ulster Rally in August and the Cork 20 in September on the 2020 calendar, but the TROA's hand was finally forced when the Ulster event was cancelled yesterday

Rallying relies on working with local communities and events are spread over a wide area, so it comes as no surprise that the TROA has taken the decision to cancel its entire series, hoping to come back with a full championship in 2021, beginning in Galway in February next year.

The recent postponement of June’s Donegal International came as a big blow to the county as some 70,000 spectators usually travel to the North West, bringing an estimated €20 million to the local economy.

However, Donegal organisers have yet officially cancel their event and Motorsport Ireland are still clinging to the hope that it may be run later in the year, along with the likes of the West Cork Rally.