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Rally Australia to be cancelled due to wildfires

motorsport.com logomotorsport.com 12/11/2019 David Evans
a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Ott Tanak, Martin Järveoja, Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing © Toyota Racing Ott Tanak, Martin Järveoja, Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing

Rally Australia has been cancelled following concerns about the rapidly spreading fires closing in on the event’s Coffs Harbour base.

The organisers of the final round of this year’s World Rally Championship put together a revised and shortened route on Monday, but the decision to cancel was taken on Tuesday morning. Official confirmation of the decision is expected from Rally Australia is expected imminently.

Motorsport.com has seen email confirmation from the organisers to the FIA and WRC Promoter confirming the cancellation, with a public announcement being prepared to accompany the sporting decision from the clerk of the course Wayne Kenny.

The WRC stakeholders were due to meet on Tuesday afternoon, but the worsening fire situation made the decision inevitable.

No formal comment has come from any of the teams, but Motorsport.com understands there was universal approval from all of them.

That decision confirms Hyundai Motorsport as manufacturers’ champions for this season.

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