Exclusive: Plans for revised ARC calendar in late 2020
- 30th March 2020, 11:27am
"We realise it's very much a moving target, but we're in close contact with the Government through the Sports Minister, and Sport and Recreation agencies in each state. We're getting daily, and sometimes hourly advice from them."Smith said that they had competitors, sponsors, organisers, tyre suppliers and fans who they needed to try to cater for. "We're in constant contact with event organisers, and we're determined to deliver something this year," he added.
"As soon as we get the okay from the relevant authorities, we'll have a championship out there ready to run."Motorsport Australia also has plans for a sixth ARC event in November, details of which are still being finalised. The directives issued by the Australian Prime Minister on Sunday night won't make running a full championship easy, however. Critically for rallying – and all major sporting competitions, for that matter – is that those bans introduced are likely to stay in place for many months. "It's important that parents and families and households can get the things that they need to completely change the way they're going to live for the next six months at least," Prime Minister Morrison said. Six months from now is the end of September, just two months before the rally season traditionally concludes – barely enough time to hold three championships events, let alone a full calendar of rallies that would justify a championship. If Motorsport Australia’s plans come to fruition it will make for a busy end to the year, but currently those plans are as fluid as the spread of the virus is life-threatening. Three months into 2020, it's the reality of the world we are now living in. Incomprehensible just a few weeks ago, but not anymore.
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