Turkey date change opens door for Belgian WRC round


The Belgian rally’s possible inclusion in the 2020 championship relied on cooperation from Rally Turkey to ease the logistical pressures on teams. 

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It was also difficult to move Rally Ypres’ date because of its reliance on the availability of the main market square, which has been the service park for the all-asphalt event for many years.  

With Turkey’s new timings rubber-stamped, an announcement on Ypres being added to the calendar is thought to be imminent.

Jona Siebel – who fills the void left by former WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla – thanked Turkey’s Ministry of Youth and Sports and TOSFED for agreeing the change.  

“The date switch provides us with options if we wish to introduce further events to the 2020 calendar and we’re extremely grateful to TOSFED for its flexibility in what are challenging times for sport across the world,” he explained. 

Competitors and fans can feel confident about travelling there again after the coronavirus lockdown.” 

Despite restrictions being eased in the area, Siebel said the gravel counter would run under stringent COVID-19 protocols in an effort “to create a safe environment for all involved and for fans to enjoy”. 

Rally Japan is then set to bring the curtain down on a truncated campaign in late November.