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The Victorian Rally Panel sees a four-round state championship series as an ideal scenario post the Coronavirus shutdown. With Motorsport Australia providing guidelines on how the sport is set to return, the panel chair, Tom Ruesmann, has released its plans for post-lockdown rallying. "The Victorian Rally Panel has been meeting more regularly to discuss how, and if, a return to rallying in Victoria can be facilitated," the statement explained. "Last week a discussion was held with VRC Event Directors and Representatives of the VCRS regarding what a post-lockdown calendar might look like. "Whilst we see restrictions easing, it is important to note that State Government regulations are the over-riding traffic light in terms of a return to rallying and, under restrictions as they are today (June 1, 2020), for a viable multi-club Special Stage Rally they are still red."

There will be no ARC round in Victoria in 2020. Photo: Luke Whitten

Victoria's restrictions are easing slightly slower than the rest of the country.  "With the current COVID-19 course appearing to be a slow easing of restrictions, albeit at different speeds around the country, the VRP is working on the premise that by September it may be possible to run rallies in Victoria." A draft calendar is still being put together, but nothing has been listed prior to the Valley Stages in late September. "Discussions around events to be run in November and early December are continuing, with an ideal scenario being the Victorian Rally Championship being run over four rounds, each of them with a VCRS sub-event." The three events to re-confirm their intention to run are as follows:
  • Yarra Valley Stages, September 20
  • Akademos Rally, October 18
  • Bagshot Rallysprint, October 24
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