Rally organizers spoke out against weekend cutsMay 2, 2020
The organizers of the European rally are dissatisfied with the plans of the WRC bosses to reduce weekends from three to two days, according to the portal DirtFish.
FIA rally director Yves Matton said earlier that the remaining races will be possible only if the rally program is reduced from three to two days (holding a four-day rally in Argentina is still in question). A rally week usually takes as long as seven days from Monday to Sunday, including application submission, technical checks, intelligence and the race itself.
However, competition cuts will hit the budgets of classic rallies such as Rally Finland, Rally Germany and Rally Wales, which rely heavily on ticket sales. Since these races will be held in the fall, the organizers still hope to hold them with the audience.
“If the race takes place only on Saturday and Sunday, it will be very difficult for us to achieve the necessary revenue, and the cost of the rally will remain at the same level,” said Director of the Finland Rally Kai Tarkiainen. “Instead, it would be possible to shorten the week by reconnaissance of the route on Wednesday evening.”
Under current rules, riders must finish their reconnaissance at 5 p.m. for events with sponsors, but we could do it in one day, starting at seven in the morning and ending at seven to eight in the evening. In Finland, in the summer, the sun does not go down for a long time, and there will be no problems with visibility. ”
Rally Finland is scheduled for August 6-9. According to the current recommendations of the Finnish government, holding mass events is undesirable until July 31.
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