FIA rally director: Australia, NZ could get 2022 WRC slots
By James Pavey
Friday 20th November, 2020 - 1:00pm
FIA rally director Yves Matton suggested Australia and New Zealand could both feature on the 2022 World Rally Championship calendar should it return to its normal size.
The 2020 WRC schedule was truncated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with seven events featuring on the new calendar.
Australia and New Zealand haven’t featured on the same WRC calendar since 2006.
“I think it’s possible to have both in the same year,” Matton told DirtFish.
“When we come back to the normal situation with the number of events we will have to include in the calendar, it will not be an easy one.
“They are telling us they are not able to be part of the calendar (in 2021), then it’s clear… but they have to be there for 2022, for sure.”
Matton said rally organisers were sceptical that local COVID-19 restrictions would be taken away early enough in Australia and New Zealand to warrant a 2021 slot.
However, Matton said organisers want a return to WRC action in their respective countries: “They still want to be part of the championship, but they don’t have any guarantee that they will be able to host an event (in 2021).”