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Next month's WRC return in Estonia will be limited to 16,000 spectators, but if the fans don't comply with the rules post-COVID-19, rallying will be the big loser.
Given the new limitations and controlled areas, organizers expect that some spectators will be tempted to break the imposed rules.
“Of course, the biggest danger is related to health,” Rally Estonia director, Urmo Aava, said.
"If the Health Council finds that the rally community or the organizers are unable to control the fans for some reason, this is already putting the rally in danger."
This will be Rally Estonia's first appearance in the WRC, and organsiers are keen to make sure it's not their last.
“In the long run, if we can't act here, we can't be responsible, so I'm sure we'll never have the opportunity to stage a WRC event again,” Aava added.
Rally Estonia is seen as a test event in many ways, but the European Rally Championship have already held a successful event in Italy, and that seemed to go pretty well.
As reported on RallySport Magazine by Sam Tickell, there were lots of new safety measures in place, and while they took some getting used to, everyone seemed to comply.
At the end of the day, if rally fans want the sport to continue this year, they have no option but to comply. Surely that's not too much to ask.
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