Rally DirtFish: Speculation of WRC round in Estonia not true

According to the organizers of Rally DirtFish, which is set to take place in the South Estonian town of Otepää in August, the speculation around the rally becoming a round in the FIA's mission to finish the 2020 season is not true.

The organizers of DirtFish said in a statement: "We would like to clarify this media speculation as inaccurate. Rally DirtFish has no intention of pursuing a calendar slot on the FIA World Rally Championship in 2020."

The organizing team added: "Both the International Automobile Federation and national subdivisions are trying to find solutions and opportunities to continue holding events considering existing restrictions due to COVID-19. A situation where Estonia came up as a possible venue arose. The local motorsport community is making an effort that the plan would realize. Both Rally DirtFish and the Estonian Autosport Union fully support the idea and initiative to bring an official WRC round to the home of reigning world champion Ott Tänak."

Speculation that a round of the WRC season happening in Estonia this summer has been driven by a comment made last week by head of WRC promoter GmbH Oliver Ciesla, who said alternatives to finish the WRC season are being investigated. Ciesla named Rally DirtFish, set to take place on August 7-8, as one of the possible alternatives.

WRC has already canceled Rally de Portugal, Rally Kenya, Rally Finland, Rally New Zealand. Additionally, Rally of Argentina and Rally d'Italia have been postponed, leaving only the Turkish, German, Welsh, and Japanese rounds remaining on the schedule.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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