Rally Australia is in danger due to wildfires in New South Wales
The Kennards Hire Rally Australia, the last round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, scheduled for the next weekend (November 14-17) is in danger due to wildfires in New South Wales.
The organisers of Rally Australia already canceled the national events, the CAMS Australian Rally Championship final round, the Rally Australia Cup and the Rally Australia Two-day event but still hope to go ahead with the closing round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
The entrants in the national competitions have been invited to participate in “demonstration” runs on the Super Special Stage and Raleigh Special Stage. Those who withdraw have been encouraged to donate their entry-fee refund to the Rural Fire Service.
“The rally is consulting with emergency services, authorities and the local community about the evolving fire situation in the region, but hopes to stage the WRC season finale on a significantly shortened course. Rally Australia’s thoughts are with the NSW community, especially the people who have lost loved ones, livelihoods and homes as a result of the fires in northern NSW.
Public safety is our uppermost consideration in planning for Rally Australia next week. We will provide further information about any revised plans as it becomes available,” a spokesman said.
There were 86 crews on the entry list for the event, organisers announced last month. Twenty-three cars were registered as WRC entries and they will particate in the shortened rally if everything went good.
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