CoronaViru: WRC Safari Rally July Plans Face Ticking Clock as Finland plans postponement
According to the joint statement released by FIA and WRC promotor, indicates that it will have to wait longer to know if safari rally will be on the scheduled date of July 16th-19th or postponed. As FIA keeps on monitoring the situation in all WRC organising countries, Currently the government of Kenya imposed travel restrictions foreigners aren’t allowed to enter Kenya and this will be reviewed on 15th this month.
The statement from Kenyan government on 15th May will shade a clear picture on the way to go about safari rally.
Meanwhile Finland is looking at a possibility to postpone the event to September or October. For Rally New Zealand evaluation is being made till end of May to know its fate as stated in FIA statement.
Rally Turkey, Rally Duetschland, Wales rally GB and Rally Japan are still planning to run the events on scheduled dates as they monitor the covid-19 situation.
““Our goal is to now continue to monitor as best as we can with the evolving situation around the pandemic and the Government restrictions, the joint statement from FIA says.
Adds that “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.
“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.”