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The impact of the coronavirus is unlikely to affect the running of the first round of the Australian Rally Championship unless there is government intervention. The National Capital Rally will run in Canberra on March 21 and 22, with a field of 40 cars set to take to the forests. While there is already talk of holding major sporting events in empty stadiums, the ARC's Commercial Operations Manager, Adrian Coppin, said that was unlikely for rallying. "We're quite different from sports such as the AFL or rugby league in that we are out in the forest, away from mass gatherings of people," Coppin said today.
"That means we're unlikely to be impacted by the coronavirus, but of course that can change at any time.
"Unless there is a directive from the ACT Government that we can't allow spectators, then we're confident that everything will go ahead as planned." Plans for the National Capital Rally are ramping up, with a greater emphasis on spectators this year, and on the Saturday afternoon stage at Kowen Rally Village. The service park at Woden will also be a mecca for rally fans, enabling them to watch the cars being worked on, as well as getting up close to the drivers. Spectator information for the National Capital Rally can be found at: https://netiernationalcapitalrally.com.au/spectators/

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