WRC drops Rally Chile from calendar

Sebastien Loeb at Rally Chile in 2019

The FIA World Rally Championship has officially dropped Rally Chile from its calendar due to political unrest.

Organisers requested a cancellation in November, which has now been confirmed after a World Motor Sport Council e-vote last week.

The loss of the Chile event, originally scheduled for April 16-19, has triggered a second change with Rally Argentina being shifted forward a week to April 23-26.

That move has been made to ease the logistical burden of sending equipment from South America to Kenya for its return to the calendar on July 16-19.

Rally New Zealand is also back on the calendar in 2020 with a base around Auckland but Rally Australia was cut after seven years in Coffs Harbour.

The traditional season-opener of Rallye Monte-Carlo begins this Thursday night (local time).

FIA World Rally Championship 2020 calendar

Rnd Rally Date
1 Monte-Carlo Jan 23-26
2 Sweden Feb 13-16
3 Mexico Mar 12-15
4 Argentina Apr 23-26
5 Portugal May 21-24
6 Italy Jun 4-7
7 Kenya Jul 16-19
8 Finland Aug 6-9
9 New Zealand Sep 3-6
10 Turkey Sep 24-27
11 Germany Oct 15-18
12 Great Britain Oct 29-Nov 1
13 Japan Nov 19-22

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