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Two of the new events in the 2020 World Rally Championship look set to be axed as the WRC works to finalise a new calendar of events. Autosport Magazine has reported that rallies in both New Zealand and Japan will be removed from the shortened 2020 WRC calendar. Flyaway rounds in New Zealand and Japan are "unlikely to make the cut, with WRC set to scrap both events on the grounds of costs and logistics", it reported. "It is understood that teams are unwilling to travel to the country during the pandemic given the island country's remote location in the Pacific Ocean. "The case is similar for Rally Japan, another returning WRC event where travel costs are likely to place a significant financial burden on the teams, while manufacturers are reeling from the economic effects of COVID-19". An official announcement on Rally New Zealand's future is expected to be made by the WRC by the end of May. Meanwhile, Rally Finland looks likely to be moved from its August date to either September or October, further delaying the resumption of the WRC season.
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