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Plans to take the World Rally Championship to Northern Ireland next year have hit a roadblock, despite speculation the Welsh-based Rally GB could move locations. Tourism Northern Ireland were in talks with WRC promoters last June, however, the BBC has reported that the plan has been quashed by Tourism NI on the grounds the event does "not represent best value for money". Those close to the bid said that the WRC, which is followed by 836 million globally, would help rejuvenate the Northern Ireland economy after COVID-19. However, it appears that the coronavirus pandemic has scuppered the hopes of local motorsport fans. The case to relocate Rally GB from its current base in Deeside in Wales to Belfast next year was pulled by Tourism NI bosses, however a spokesperson did acknowledge that the WRC is a "positive opportunity to profile the destination globally and to celebrate its motor sporting heritage".
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