Wednesday | 06 May 2020

WRC calendar update

Updated information on forthcoming FIA World Rally Championship fixtures has been made available by the FIA and WRC Promoter in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A joint document released on Wednesday (6 May) addressed all future championship rounds in the wake of the postponement of rallies in Argentina and Italy, along with the cancellation of this month’s encounter in Portugal and July's fixture in Kenya.

Rally Finland (6 - 9 August) will evaluate its prospects at the beginning of June, with a postponement to September or October an option under consideration. Organisers in New Zealand will assess their 3 - 6 September event at the end of May.

Planning for Rally Turkey (24 - 27 September), where there is a limited lockdown in major cities only, is continuing as normal, along with the final three scheduled rounds at Rallye Deutschland (15 - 18 October), Rally GB (29 October - 1 November) and Rally Japan (19 - 22 November).

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It was previously announced that efforts continue to search for a new date for Rally Italia Sardegna. There has been a slight easing of lockdown restrictions across the country from the beginning of this week.

Government restrictions mean a rescheduled date for Rally Argentina would not be possible until the final three months of the year.

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

“No decisions on event dates will be made before updates on the respective emergency status are available. 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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“We remain committed to continuing with as many rallies as we can either on their current date, or where possible, a rescheduled date.

“There remains constant dialogue amongst FIA, WRC Promoter, teams and event organisers to evaluate all options for running events, including but not limited to:

• Event format (competition days, event overlay, competitive distance)
• Championship requirements (counting rounds and points)
• Logistics (facilities, locations, transport)
• Any required social distancing, health, safety and medical requirements for competitors, teams, media and spectators

“FIA and WRC Promoter remain focused on the need to keep professional and private/customer teams, drivers and sponsors engaged and viable ongoing concerns for when the season can resume.”