Due to the COVID 19 global pandemic, Vodafone rally of Portugal has been the first WRC event to be canceled in the 2020 calendar year shifting from the postponement.
The event which was scheduled for 21- 24 May saw the federation of Portugal taking a “force majure” decision to postpone it due to the outbreak of deadly corona virus. Argentina and Italy ware other rounds which ware postponed for the same reasons and the respective clubs have not taken decisions yet either to cancel them.
Automovel Club de Portugal had plans to push the event in October but according to the released statement indicates the thought has been binned.
“After a joint assessment together with our partners, the various municipalities, national authorities and sponsors, all health and safety conditions needed to run the WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal in a safe way are not achievable given the unpredictable situation that we live in these days, and also the uncertainty of opening the national borders or airspace”, the ACP stated.
“Due to this critical situation, the Automovel Club de Portugal is forced to cancel the Portuguese round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship.
“The Automovel Club de Portugal deeply regrets this decision.
But it is the responsible decision bearing in mind the thousands of supporters, teams, municipalities, sponsors and all the people involved in the event, that was responsible in 2019 for an economic impact in the national economy of more than €142million.”
“The ACP has already applied for Rally Portugal to be given its usual May date on next year’s WRC calendar”, the statement added.