Because of the continued international unfold of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 Vodafone Rally de Portugal and the 2020 Rally Italia Sardegna have each been postponed.
Following the extension of a state of emergency in Portugal and comparable emergency measures in Italy, in depth discussions have been held involving nationwide authorities in each international locations, the FIA and WRC Promoter.
With the unanimous settlement of all events, organisers Automóvel Membership de Portugal (ACP) and Car Membership d’Italia (ACI) requested a postponement of their rallies.
Vodafone Rally de Portugal, spherical 5 of the FIA World Rally Championship, was on account of happen in Matosinhos on 21 – 24 Might. Rally Italia Sardegna, spherical six, was on account of happen in Sardinia on 4 – 7 June.
ACP president Carlos Barbosa stated: “We want to thank all our supporters and companions for his or her understanding and look ahead to welcoming them in Matosinhos at a later stage this 12 months.”
ACI president Angelo Sticchi Damiani stated: “Car Membership d’Italia, because the federation of Italian motor racing and as Rally Italia Sardegna organiser, has made itself accessible, with the FIA and with the WRC Promoter, to review a potential new date for an occasion of nice status and nice historic significance.”
WRC Promoter and FIA proceed to carefully monitor the state of affairs in affected international locations on account of host future rounds, in addition to the house international locations of WRC groups and all rivals.
“All events will work to establish potential different dates for the postponed rallies later within the season ought to the COVID-19 state of affairs enhance, bearing in mind championship logistics, the flexibility of rivals to journey once more and the flexibility of the nation in query to organize and host the WRC at such a time,” stated WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla.
In these difficult and extraordinary days, your complete groups at WRC Promoter and FIA ship a robust message of solidarity to all rivals, officers, personnel, volunteers and followers throughout the globe who’re combating this pandemic collectively. Please observe medical recommendation and keep protected and wholesome.