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The Portugese round of the WRC has fallen victim to the global Coronavirus pandemic. “The Automóvel Club de Portugal made significant efforts to run the event this year at the end of October,” the statement from rally organisers said. Portugal was due to be the fifth round of the WRC at the end, but the initial postponement of the event gave hope of running later in the year. “After a joint assessment together with our partners, the various municipalities, national authorities and sponsors, all health and safety conditions needed to run the WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal in a safe way are not achievable given the unpredictable situation that we live in these days, and also the uncertainty of opening the national borders or airspace. “Due to this critical situation the Automóvel Club de Portugal is forced to cancel the Portuguese round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship. “The Automóvel Club de Portugal deeply regrets this decision. But it is the responsible decision bearing in mind the thousands of supporters, teams, municipalities, sponsors and all the people involved in the event, that was responsible in 2019 for an economic impact in the national economy of more than 142 million euros. “ACP has already applied for WRC Rally de Portugal to return to the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship in a May date.”
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