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There will be no New Zealand Rally Championship in 2020, with organisers and Motorsport New Zealand opting to protect the future of the sport.  The first two rounds of the NZRC in Otago and Whangarei had already been postponed, but this morning’s announcement rules them out until 2021. A decision was made by championship organisers based on numerous factors, with a reset preferred for a bigger launch into 2021. “It was a really difficult call to make but one we know is best for the long-term health of our sport,” NZRC coordinator Blair Bartels said. “We love rallying; it is something we are super passionate about and it is really hard to make a call that means there will be less of it this year but we have to be pragmatic through these unprecedented times.

Dylan Turner in action at Otago in 2019. Photo: Geoff Ridder

“The economic fallout will be significant, and it is just not practical to think entry numbers will be strong enough this season to make events sustainable at a national championship level, especially with so many of our competitors being small business owners." Whether this step taken by New Zealand has a domino effect on other championships in the region is yet to be known. The future of the Asia Pacific and Australian Rally Championship in 2020 is yet to be known.  
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