Japan is ready to host the championship’s remaining spherical from 11-14 November though the rising variety of COVID-19 instances has resulted in affirmation this week that October’s Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix will likely be cancelled for a second consecutive yr.
MotoGP has already scrubbed its Japanese GP from its calendar earlier this yr earlier than this week’s determination to cancel the Malaysian Grand Prix, each occasions meant to be run in October.
The information preceded affirmation that GT and F3 World Cup races at Macau from 17-21 November have additionally been cancelled because the Asian area continues to battle the consequences of the pandemic.
WRC has to this point averted any COVID-19 induced calendar shake ups this season however a go to to Japan might show problematic.
As it stands, WRC personnel can be required to undertake a 14 day quarantine upon entry to Japan, which might be possible given the present calendar construction – the earlier occasion being Rally Spain held throughout 14-17 October.
For the second Rally Japan stays scheduled to go forward with the WRC confirming to Autosport that it’s working carefully with rally organisers FORUM8.
Takamoto Katsuta, Daniel Barritt, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC
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“We continue to work with FORUM8 Rally Japan organisers, alongside national and local authorities, to ensure the safe and successful holding of the event – just as we do with all events on the WRC calendar in these challenging times,” learn an announcement from Simon Larkin, WRC senior occasion director.
“We will make decisions based on the conditions related to WRC.”
However, ought to Rally Japan drop off the schedule, Motorsport.com’s Italian version has reported that Rally Monza might fill the vacant remaining spherical slot, because it did final yr when it concluded a considerably diminished 2020 season as a consequence of COVID-19.
The WRC is ready to go to Greece for its subsequent spherical of the championship with the return of the Acropolis Rally from 9-12 September.
Despite the nation affected by wild fires, Autosport understands planning for the occasion goes forward as regular with the deliberate rally route located away from the affected areas.
An entry listing for the well-known gravel occasion has been launched which has revealed Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta will as soon as once more be joined by Keaton Williams within the co-driver seat, as he seems set to proceed to face in for the injured Daniel Barritt.