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The World Rally Championship is still confident of staging enough events in 2020 to constitute a championship, according to FIA Rally Director Yves Matton. “To award the title we need a proper level of championship and, from my personal opinion, I don’t think we are able to award the championship after three rallies," Matton said. “If we have 50% then that’s seven (rallies) and it starts to be a reasonable level of events." That would mean that any four from Argentina, Sardinia, Finland, New Zealand, Turkey, Germany, GB and Japan must run for the championship to be awarded. “On our working group level, this understanding is that seven should be fine, but we wait for final ratification. I feel comfortable if it were to have seven rallies, we would have a world champion," WRC Promoter boss, Oliver Ciesla, said. Both Finland and New Zealand are expected to announce whether their events will be possible by the end of May. After three events of this year's WRC, Sebastien Ogier (Toyota) holds an eight point lead over team-mate Elfyn Evans, with Hyundai's Thierry Neuville third, 20 points off the pace. Current world champion, Ott Tanak, is back in fifth place, 24 points adrift.
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