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The British Rally Championship calendar for 2020 has been announced, again with rounds being held in six different countries. Wales, Irish Republic, England, Belgium, Northern Ireland and Scotland will host rallies, but with a heavy emphasis this time on tarmac events. Only two rallies are now to be run on the traditional British forest roads. Big novelty for the championship is the inclusion of the very short Rally Tendring and Clacton, an Essex event which in 2019 became England’s first closed public roads rally, which has only been held twice so far. This tarmac event is the very first time in the 60 year history of the series that a round in the British national championship has been run in East Anglia. It replaces the traditional forestry Pirelli Rally (it is reported that Pirelli has withdrawn their support) and this exchange creates the fundamental change of balance of surfaces towards tarmac rallying. The reserve event has been nominated as Wales Rally GB, although no date has been announced by the FIA for the date, or even the location of the 2020 British round of the WRC. = = = Guest driver Dani Sordo won the seventh round of the Argentine rally championship, the Neuquen Rally, in a borrowed Hyundai i20 R5. Championship leader Marcos Ligato stopped on the first day, but still heads the series, 12 points in front of Miguel Baldoni, whose Chevrolet Agile Maxi Rally won the event, nearly two minutes behind Sordo. This was the first time an FIA R5 car had competed on one of these Argentine championship events, a series run under special rules and which is dominated by Maxi Rally cars. = = = = Mexican driver Ricardo Trivino, with his Spanish co-driver Marc Marti, won his fourth successive round of this year’s FIA Nacam regional championship. This was the Rally Sierra Juarez run at Oaxaca in his native Mexico, mathematically confirming another Nacam title.
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