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Covid-19 Renews Debate on WRC calendar,2021 Rally Sweden may get Canceled

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consequential changes are coming to the WRC calendar for next season’s World Rally Championship. According to Finnish Motorsport website urheiluuutiset one of the changes may bring Finland another World Championship race, in addition to the famous rally  in Jyväskylä in the summer.

According to the information received by Motorsport, the parties responsible for the World Rally Championship have asked for clarification as to whether it would be possible to run the World Rally Championship in Finland in February. According to the World Rally Championship calendar announced earlier this year, the 2021 rally season would traditionally open in January with rally Monte Carlo and the second rally would be Sweden, which is scheduled for 11-14. February.

However, the Swedish race is under real threat of cancellation, as the COVID-19 situation in the country is extremely difficult at the moment, and no improvement is expected in the coming weeks. The organizer of the Swedish World Rally Championship has stated on several occasions that since the by far the most important source of income for their competition is ticket revenue, the competition cannot be held without a paying audience. In other words, it is not possible to hold a World Rally Championship in Sweden for “empty spectators”.

If the Swedish race is canceled, it would be a big setback for the World Rally Championship, as the World Championship wants to have at least one “clean” snow rally every year. It is for this reason that the World Rally Championship series will now find out whether it would be possible to organize the World Rally Championship in Finland in winter. According to  urheiluuutiset website. the planned date is the last week of February and the Rally would be run in Northern Finland.

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