Motorsport Australia is working to convey WRC again to Australia in 2023
Motorsport Australia is working to make sure the World Rally Championship returns to Australia for 2023.
Work is presently underway to safe a location for the occasion’s return, with an announcement anticipated within the “not-too-distant future”.
“We’re in plenty of dialogue with the WRC promoter, I imply, now we have a extremely shut relationship,” Motorsport Australia’s Mike Smith advised Speedcafe.com.
“Along with authorities, I believe there’s an enormous urge for food to convey the World Rally Championship again to Australia and we’re nonetheless engaged on it, that’s for certain, and we’re very eager to make it occur.”
Whereas Smith is optimistic, there stay numerous hurdles to clear, least of all affirmation of a venue.
Most just lately, WRC Australia has operated out of Coffs Harbour, but it surely has additionally been held in Kingscliff and, previous to that, Perth.
Hypothesis has beforehand recommended that would see the occasion find yourself at Mount Panorama, although Smith refused to be drawn on particulars.
“I can’t disclose that data apart from to say I’m certain folks could be very excited to know the place we’re desirous about operating the occasion,” he stated.
“And we sit up for making these bulletins within the not-too-distant future, hopefully.”
One other consideration is the pandemic, with limitations and restrictions presently impacting worldwide journey.
They’ve proved sufficient to curtail worldwide competitors in Australia this 12 months, with each System 1 and MotoGP cancelling their visits Down Underneath.
There may be additionally the matter of discovering a promoter domestically to underpin the occasion.
“There’s an entire wide selection of things,” Smith stated when requested if Motorsport Australia would think about selling the occasion itself.
“What’s hanging over us all in the mean time is the uncertainty with border restrictions, and that after all is the most important one.
“However you’ve bought to have the beginning of the road with a promoter at a date obtainable and dealing with them on an acceptable venue – additionally from a authorities viewpoint, guaranteeing that no matter funding they make is it’s going to offer them worth.
“In order that they’re discussions that we’re having on an virtually weekly foundation in the mean time.”
No announcement relating to the venue of the proposed occasion is anticipated till after the FIA confirmed the 2022 World Rally Championship calendar, some extent acknowledged by Smith.
“I believe it’s a bit untimely for us to be speaking a few 2023 calendar however I’ll say that our discussions are fairly superior.”
Australia final held a spherical of the WRC in 2018, the 2019 version cancelled on account of bushfires within the space across the occasion.