Friday | 20 Mar 2020

WRC awaits Government updates

WRC organisers will wait for Government updates regarding the Coronavirus outbreak before decisions are taken on the viability of future FIA World Rally Championship rounds.

Following last week’s postponement of SpeedAgro Rally Argentina, which was due to be held in Villa Carlos Paz on 23 - 26 April, Government restrictions there mean a rescheduled date will not be available until the final three months of the year.

Governments in Portugal and Italy have announced a state of emergency and the Schengen borders are closed in both countries. Movement is currently severely restricted in Portugal for the next two weeks while Italy remains under lockdown.

Planning for both Vodafone Rally de Portugal (21 - 24 May) and Rally Italia Sardegna (4 - 7 June) continues and FIA and WRC Promoter will make no decisions until updates on the emergency status are available from Governments in each country.

The Portuguese Government is expected to provide information between 3 - 8 April, while its counterpart in Italy will issue more details on 25 March.

In Kenya, where the Safari Rally is due to be held on 16 - 19 July, organisers are also continuing with their planning. Its borders have been closed for 30 days and the Government will provide an update at the end of that period.

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“Our goal is to now continue to monitor as best as we can with the evolving situation around the pandemic and Government restrictions,” said a WRC Promoter spokesperson.

“We remain committed to continuing with as many rallies as we can either on their current date, or where possible, a rescheduled date.

“A WRC event can be a difficult event to change given the many logistical, environmental, road/forest access and even weather conditions, but all efforts will be made to run as many events as possible.

“There is a duty of care to all stakeholders including fans, drivers, teams, media, suppliers and others to protect not only ourselves but also the wider community, and this remains our key focus.”

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