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November's final round of the World Rally Championship in Japan is expected to be cancelled, and replaced by a first-time WRC event.
It has been reported by multiple sources that Rally Japan will be cancelled due to COVID-19, and will be replaced by Belgium's Ypres Rally.
“The chances to bring the WRC here this year have always been very difficult because of the pandemic," a source told DirtFish.
"When we lost the [Summer] Olympics, trying to bring other big sporting events was not going to be so easy. We talked for a long time about the WRC coming, but the feeling here is that this is not realistic.”
Along with the Olympics, the Japanese Grand Prix was also cancelled in June.
Information on spectating at Rally Japan, or the availability of tickets, have not been disclosed by the organisers.
The Ypres Rally is one of Europe's most famous rallies, and runs over an all-tarmac route. It would most likely take over Japan's November 20-22 date.
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