The 2014 Mid Antrim 150 races that were scheduled to take place this August have been cancelled due to financial issues, but organisers have said that the event will return next year.
For a few months, organisers have been discussing the financial side of the event, but they could not see how the races could work, said race secretary Derek McWhirter, as reported by Bike Sport News. There were some bad years, which has resulted in the cancellation of the event, he said, adding that the plans are to bring back the races in 2015, but probably on a different date. The event made a massive loss in 2013, so organisers decided to drop the 2014 races and focus on returning in 2015.
The 2014 Mid Antrim 150 organisers were in talks with the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland and their plans are to explore the possibilities for a new date for the future event. Meanwhile, organisers will still run the Irish Superbike round at Bishopscourt this July, McWhirter said.
In recent years, the Mid Antrim races suffered many disappointments. Back in 2008, the event was also called off and in 2011 it was also cancelled due to an oil spill on the circuit.
In 2012, the Mid Antrim 150 was held in June, but last year it was scheduled on its original August date. The event suffered from the absence of the Dunlop brothers, William and Michael, who have not participated in the event since 2009. In 2013, the Bush road races also failed to take place, but the event will return this season.