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WRC Promoter's Managing Director, Oliver Ciesla, says that they won't be striking rallies off the WRC calendar just yet. Speaking to Autosport, Ciesla said that decisions won't be made until it becomes more clear where people can and can't travel to. "We will have to see how things develop in the coming months [and then] make decisions for September, October and November," he said. His comments don't rule out New Zealand's round of the WRC, but it still seems increasingly unlikely that the event will run in 2020. "We are forced to wait until the last minute before making a decision. We want to avoid cancelling the rallies too soon. That would be the worst thing. "But we too need time to organise the logistics of the material. In Europe it's easier, outside it's more difficult."

WRC Promoter boss, Oliver Ciesla.

The Promoter wants at least a further four WRC rounds added to the three run so far this year. Looking ahead to 2021, he's already hinted that the calendar could be reduced from 14 rounds to 12, as countries struggle with the financial implications of COVID-19. "We are at the beginning of June. We will make the first proposal of the calendar this month at the [FIA] World [Motor Sport] Council, then we can make a second one in September. "It wouldn't be a surprise if one or two races scheduled for next year came to us asking for a break due to lack of funds due to the pandemic," Ciesla said.
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