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Rally fans around Australia will be grinning like cheshire cats this morning with news that the Australian Rally Championship will return in September. Credit should be given to Motorsport Australia and the Australian Rally Championship team for putting together a four-event series that will see a champion crowned by late November. 2020 was looking appetising for the ARC, with RSEA Safety coming on board as a brand new series sponsor, and plenty of teams committed to challenging for wins over a six-round series. But then COVID-19 reared its ugly head and everything was thrown into turmoil. Rallying will return in some states in early July, with NSW already promoting the Rally of the Bay on July 4, but getting a national championship up and running that early simply wasn't an option. With some borders still closed, and with no real indication on when they will re-open again, waiting until late September was probably the only option MA and the ARC had. As originally planned, the National Capital Rally will get things underway, before trips to South Australia in October, and then Tasmania and NSW in November, ensuring a hot finish to the season in more ways than one. The NSW round, while still being listed as 'to be confirmed', looks likely to be held in Coffs Harbour, also as the final round of the NSW Rally Championship, and perhaps the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. Western Australia's omission from the shortened ARC is not a surprise given the distance to travel to the event and the short timeframe available. Victoria's was more of a surprise though, but the slower easing of restrictions in that state and a lack of time to get the event ready forced the organisers' hands well before a final ARC calendar was finalised. Some may believe that four rounds isn't enough for a national championship, but given the unprecedented times we're enduring, and when other countries are cancelling their national championships, then we need to be happy that the ARC will even be held this year. Four rounds in two months will ensure the action is fast and furious. We can't wait! RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Championship revised calendar Round 1: Netier National Capital Rally – 26-27 September Round 2: Adelaide Hills Rally – 17-18 October Round 3: Rally Tasmania – 7-8 November Round 4: NSW event TBA – 28-29 November
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