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The reasons behind the Eureka Rally's shock omission from the revised Australian Rally Championship calendar released today have emerged. The Victorian event, based in Ballarat, was a successful one-day event in last year's ARC, and also counted as a qualifying round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Originally scheduled to be run in August, the impact of the Coronavirus has forced the organising team to shelve the rally until 2021. Put simply, there weren't enough weekends available for the event to fit in around other rallies. "When decisions about the 2020 event were being made, there was a great deal of uncertainly around the preparatory work needed," Eureka Rally's Andrew Roseman told RallySport Magazine today.
"Early on it became quite clear that our date in mid-August wasn't going to be possible.
"The easing of restrictions in Victoria is slower than in some other states, and that has created uncertainty. "We explored later dates for the Eureka Rally, but that created congestion on the calendar with other Victorian Rally Championship events, and existing ARC events already calendared," Roseman said. As it is, the Australian Rally Championship calendar has been compressed into an eight-week period that will see four events in the ACT, South Australia, Tasmania and NSW. "It's disappointing that the event won't run this year," Roseman added, "but we'll be back in 2021 and will build on the success of last year's rally."
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