Japan is about to host the ultimate spherical of the WRC from November 11-14, however the rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances led to affirmation final week of the cancellation of the Formulation 1 Japanese Grand Prix for the second 12 months in a row.
MotoGP has already canceled the Japanese GP from its calendar earlier within the 12 months, earlier than deciding a couple of days in the past to not host the Malaysian Grand Prix, two occasions scheduled to happen in October. The information got here earlier than the affirmation of the cancellation of GT and F3 races in Macau, from November 17 to 21, because the Asian continent continues to struggle the pandemic.
The WRC has up to now averted any disruption to the schedule induced by COVID-19 this season, however a go to to Japan may show problematic. Because it stands, WRC workers could be required to endure a 14-day quarantine upon getting into Japan, which might be possible given the present calendar construction, with the earlier occasion being Rally d Spain which can happen from October 14th to 17th.
For now, Rally Japan remains to be scheduled and the WRC has confirmed to Motorsport.com that he works in shut collaboration with the organizers of the rally, FORUM8. “We proceed to work with the organizers of Rally Japan, alongside nationwide and native authorities, to make sure the protected and profitable working of the occasion, as we do with all occasions on the WRC calendar in these tough occasions.”, mentioned Simon Larkin, Senior WRC Occasions Director. “We’ll make choices based mostly on the situations of the WRC.”
Nonetheless, if Rally Japan have been to vanish from the calendar, the Italian version of Motorsport.com reviews that the Monza Rally may fill the vacant slot of the ultimate spherical, because it did final 12 months when it concluded a dramatically shortened 2020 season as a result of COVID-19.
The WRC will journey to Greece for the subsequent spherical of the championship, with the return of the Acropolis Rally, September 9-12. Regardless of the fires that ravaged the nation, Motorsport.com understands that planning for the occasion is continuing usually, with the route away from the affected areas.
The entry checklist for the well-known gravel rally has been printed and specifically reveals that Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota) will as soon as once more be accompanied by Keaton Williams within the co-driver’s seat, as an alternative of Daniel Barritt, who’s injured.No Video(s) Found