2020 Rallying Thread (WRC, ERC and national rally)

2020 Rallying Thread (WRC, ERC and national rally)

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GravelBen

14,309 posts

192 months

Wednesday 3rd June 2020
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For NZ its probably more that as the rules currently stand everyone arriving in the country would have a 14 day quarantine before being allowed to do anything, makes it hard to be viable for an international event.

Local motorsport is getting back up and running already though, my local club has a gravel hillclimb this saturday which I might pop out to watch.

Allyc85

7,164 posts

148 months

Thursday 4th June 2020
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I know Rally GB is a long way off, but given they need to sell tickets to fund it, and they currently aren't able to, i'm fully braced for cancellation.

My local hillclimb track at Wiscombe Park has said it doubts spectators will be allowed this year, which has further fuelled my negativity!

Drumroll

2,570 posts

82 months

Thursday 4th June 2020
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Allyc85 said:
I know Rally GB is a long way off, but given they need to sell tickets to fund it, and they currently aren't able to, i'm fully braced for cancellation.

My local hillclimb track at Wiscombe Park has said it doubts spectators will be allowed this year, which has further fuelled my negativity!
Loton Park have cancelled their meetings this year, but may run one meeting later on.

I know a lot of preperation work is still going on for Rally GB, but there are a lot of questions being asked as well.

df76

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2,959 posts

240 months

Thursday 4th June 2020
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I can only see circuit or airfield based rallies happening this year (perhaps single driver sprint format), and at the moment I can’t imagine there being any spectators at any motorsport event In 2020. Hoping that it’s more manageable in 2021. Just pleased that tv coverage is so good for many series, will make the most of that and perhaps get on a track day at some point.

Dynion Araf Uchaf

2,660 posts

185 months

Thursday 4th June 2020
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Allyc85 said:
I know Rally GB is a long way off, but given they need to sell tickets to fund it, and they currently aren't able to, i'm fully braced for cancellation.

My local hillclimb track at Wiscombe Park has said it doubts spectators will be allowed this year, which has further fuelled my negativity!
I think the lack of promoter involvement in finding alternatives also shows you how little money there is sloshing about in WRC. You could run a rally in a forest without speccies if someone is prepared to pay for it. Liberty are paying the circuits to hold F1 races.

So yes I think you are right, I cannot see rallying taking place until a government says it's ok to attend sporting events.

Allyc85

7,164 posts

148 months

Thursday 4th June 2020
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Thing is I don't think you could hold non-spectator events, as us more hardcore rally fans are pretty good with a map, and could find a way in. Not that I would though.

ArnageWRC

1,238 posts

121 months

Thursday 4th June 2020
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Dynion Araf Uchaf said:
Allyc85 said:
I know Rally GB is a long way off, but given they need to sell tickets to fund it, and they currently aren't able to, i'm fully braced for cancellation.

My local hillclimb track at Wiscombe Park has said it doubts spectators will be allowed this year, which has further fuelled my negativity!
I think the lack of promoter involvement in finding alternatives also shows you how little money there is sloshing about in WRC. You could run a rally in a forest without speccies if someone is prepared to pay for it. Liberty are paying the circuits to hold F1 races..
Quite agree. It may surprise many people, but rallying isn't a massive sport; I doubt it has the TV money like F1 to do similar and run events 'non spectator'. As already said, most events need ticketing/ VIP, etc for revenue.

DelicaL400

384 posts

73 months

Thursday 4th June 2020
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It needs a complete end to social distancing if Rally GB is going to happen unless they're planning on not having co-drivers. Some events in October have already been cancelled, I suppose they'll hang on as long as possible with Rally GB.

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2,570 posts

82 months

Friday 5th June 2020
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Allyc85 said:
Thing is I don't think you could hold non-spectator events, as us more hardcore rally fans are pretty good with a map, and could find a way in. Not that I would though.
True. That is why I said earlier the only events likely to run will be at circuits.

ArnageWRC

1,238 posts

121 months

Monday 8th June 2020
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https://dirtfish.com/rally/wrc/rally-gb-cancelatio...

Season is being decimated, as we thought it would.....

Allyc85

7,164 posts

148 months

Monday 8th June 2020
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Someone had an idea of joining what has been run this year, onto the next, which wasn't the worst one I've heard so far.

I see Neuville has been out testing. Not sure for what now though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doFC_LOU0FY

Edit: Apparently he has had a big crash. Crew ok, but the car is heavily damaged!

Edited by Allyc85 on Monday 8th June 17:51

GravelBen

14,309 posts

192 months

Monday 8th June 2020
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Allyc85 said:
Someone had an idea of joining what has been run this year, onto the next, which wasn't the worst one I've heard so far.

I see Neuville has been out testing. Not sure for what now though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doFC_LOU0FY

Edit: Apparently he has had a big crash. Crew ok, but the car is heavily damaged!
I've heard (from someone who was inside the team for a few years) that testing crashes are a rather common habit of Neuville's, but the team manages to keep most of them quiet.

Skylinecrazy

13,787 posts

156 months

Monday 8th June 2020
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I can’t see events being behind closed doors for much longer if you can go to the pub by July...

Dynion Araf Uchaf

2,660 posts

185 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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Skylinecrazy said:
I can’t see events being behind closed doors for much longer if you can go to the pub by July...
the problem is that the leader of the Sennedd appears to want to make a name for himself by running his own programme of lockdown restrictions to his own timetable. He has already said that sporting events are at the bottom of the list.

Allyc85

7,164 posts

148 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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GB officially cancelled.

ArnageWRC

1,238 posts

121 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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Dynion Araf Uchaf said:
Skylinecrazy said:
I can’t see events being behind closed doors for much longer if you can go to the pub by July...
the problem is that the leader of the Sennedd appears to want to make a name for himself by running his own programme of lockdown restrictions to his own timetable. He has already said that sporting events are at the bottom of the list.
One wonders, purely hypothetically, if the Welsh hosted a major international sporting event ( i;e a Ryder Cup type event), would they give it a waiver?

Anyway, as already said, RallyGB is cancelled, and it really looks unlikely there may be very few, if any, rally events in Wales this year. Will be interesting to see how many English events go ahead.

DelicaL400

384 posts

73 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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BRC cancelled too.

No surprise. Hopefully the virus goes and there are enough marshals, organisers and competitors in a position to support rallying next year.



Skylinecrazy

13,787 posts

156 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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I’ve got a hotel booked for Ypres If we can go which I think we will be able to. I’d highly recommend getting over to Belgium to watch if you can! Way better than here...

mike80

1,718 posts

178 months

Tuesday 9th June 2020
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I presume you know it's been postponed til October?

I love Ypres, I've been to the rally for the past 3 years, pretty gutted not to be going this year!

Allyc85

7,164 posts

148 months

Wednesday 10th June 2020
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I'm tempted by Ypres, as it's at the end of a week I've already booked off. But the uncertainty over having to quarantine on return, and the fact it's going to be rammed with spectators is a bit off putting at the moment.