Sebastien Loeb at WRC Rally Japan in 2010. Image: McKlein Pictures
The FIA World Rally Championship will announce a brand new season finale after the COVID-19 pandemic pressured the cancellation of Rally Japan.
Eight rounds have been accomplished so far within the 2021 championship, with one other 4 remaining.
Acropolis Rally Greece takes place this weekend, adopted by Rally Finland and Rally Catalunya subsequent month.
Japan was resulting from then spherical out the season throughout November 11-14, the nation’s first WRC occasion since 2010.
Nonetheless, that can now not be the case, with a substitute occasion anticipated to be confirmed within the coming weeks.
“Contemplating the traits of the WRC competitors, which is held on public roads with the crucial co-operation of all in the area people, and the truth that in Japan the COVID-19 emergency circumstances proceed to extend every day and alleviation of the scenario stays unpredictable, collectively we had been left with just one selection which was to, sadly, name off the 2021 WRC Rally Japan,” learn a press release.
“We take this chance to specific our deepest appreciation for the indispensable help and understanding of all, and wish to direct our honest gratitude to all of the followers and stakeholders who’ve been trying ahead to this primary WRC Rally Japan, after 11 years.
“We sincerely apologise for all of the inconveniences this decision could have induced, and are deeply grateful on your understanding.”
Rally Japan 2021 govt committee chairman Satoshi Suzuki added: “I take this chance to additionally categorical my heartfelt gratitude to all who labored so tirelessly to be able to make this occasion attainable.
“We’re decided to do our greatest to be able to overcome this COVID-19 pandemic and efficiently have the ability to maintain the WRC in Japan in 2022. I pray for the security of all.”