Rally Finland will not be held for the first time since 1951June 4, 2020
On Wednesday, WRC and AKK Sports Finland rally organizers Finland officially announced the cancellation of the cult race in 2020.
The Finnish stage drops out of the World Cup for the second time in history and for the first time since 1995, when according to the calendar rotation, races of the two-liter FIA Rally Cup were held in the vicinity of Jyväskylä, and until the founding of the WRC in 1973, it was part of the calendar of the European Rally Championship.
“Rally of a thousand lakes” was scheduled for August 6-9. This race was the third loss in the WRC calendar this year – earlier the world rally championship lost the races in Portugal and Kenya. Rally Argentina and Rally Sardinia can still go on other dates.
“In addition to the unpredictability of the Covid-19 virus itself, there are many significant factors that influenced this decision,” the organizers said in a statement. “For example, we don’t know whether the current restrictions for public events, which expire in July, will be extended, and we don’t know whether foreign participants, teams and spectators can safely reach Finland.
By canceling the race this year, we want to show our responsibility to all interested parties and society as a whole. Human health remains our priority. ”
The DirtFish portal also reports that a similar announcement on the New Zealand rally will be made on Thursday. Thus, the next stage of the WRC is the Rally Turkey, scheduled for the last week of September.
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