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A number of major Australian rallies look set to be cancelled or postponed as the coronavirus pandemic worsens across the country This comes after the postponement of the National Capital Rally, the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship, this weekend. Focus will now move to round two, Western Australia's Forest Rally in mid-April, and if that will take place around Busselton and Nannup, south of Perth. Another event that has been heavily impacted is Targa Tasmania, which was cancelled this morning. Arguably Australia's biggest motorsport event, Targa Tasmania had 250 cars set to take part across the competition and tour sections of the event's six days. Supercars has this morning announced the postponement of all events until at least June, and it seems likely that rallying may follow suit. Motorsport Australia bosses are meeting regularly to discuss many aspects of the sport moving forward.
"We are working with event organisers and event stakeholders, including clubs, sponsors and governments," Motorsport Australia's Michael Smith said this morning.
"Events that are currently scheduled to go ahead must comply with the government regulations regarding the numbers of people in locations, and the hygiene recommendations that have been brought in." This weekend's opening round of the Victorian Rally Championship, the Mitta Mountain Rally, is set to go ahead with an entry of 39 cars. The Activ RallySport team, featuring both Arron and Darren Windus, withdrew all their cars from the event yesterday because of the fast-spreading coronavirus.
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