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Australian Rally Championship crews were consulted before this year's series was reduced from six rounds to four because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at the start of the Rally of the Bay, reigning champion Harry Bates said that competitors linked up for a digital teleconference. "It was generally thought that four rallies was the sweet spot," Bates said. "Six rallies was just going to be too many and make it too hard for everyone in the reduced time we have available in the latter part of the year."

Harry Bates was a dominant winner of the Rally of the Bay. Photo: Peter Whitten

Bates was also hopeful that Toyota would remain involved in rallying moving into 2021. "It's too early to say, and I'm a long way from those discussions, but hopefully domestically things won't change too much." Toyota is the only manufacturer actively involved in the Australian Rally Championship, but their annual spending on the ARC would be but a drop in the ocean compared to their spending on other sports, such as the AFL.
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