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The ERC Rally Liepāja has been re-scheduled to a mid-August date, while the 77th running of Rally Poland has been put back to 2021 when the event celebrates its 100th anniversary. Using high-speed stages around the cities of Liepāja and Talsi, Rally Liepāja will take place from 14-16 August as the second round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season. Although extensive efforts were made to reschedule Rally Poland after its original date of 26-28 June was no longer achievable due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was not possible to secure a workable slot on the calendar. While the event won’t run in 2020, discussions are already underway between organiser PZM (Polish Automobile and Motorcycle Federation) and ERC promoter Eurosport Events to finalise a date on the provisional calendar for 2021, which marks the rally’s centenary year. “We are very pleased we have found a calendar solution for Rally Liepāja and we thank all those who have made this possible, particularly the FIA," Jean-Baptiste Ley, ERC Co-ordinator, said. :Naturally we are disappointed the ERC won’t be visiting Poland this year, particularly given all the hard work and planning that has been undertaken and the warm welcome we always receive. "However, we are already looking ahead to the 77th Rally Poland taking place in 2021 and to joining PZM in celebrating the 100-year milestone, which is a tremendous achievement. “Our road map since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis has been to keep as much as possible all rallies included on the original calendar. Clearly this remains challenging given the ever-changing situation and the constant need to respect government restrictions. "The health and safety of all remains the absolute priority and will never be compromised, after all."
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