Alghero, Italy, 24 March. The news I is anticipated by Gianni, the Prosciuttaio champion of Alghero. The City will not be hosting in the dates foreseen in the Italian Test of the World Championship WRC, initially set from 4 to 7 June. It was in the air, as they say, because in the air there is even worse, the virus, and the city bows down willingly, but with the lump in the throat, the cause of force majeure, hoping to lose soon force, and that allows you to attach better and the sooner the prospect.
A few hours after the Postponement of the Rally Italia Sardinia 2020, it is the time of Matosinhos, the town North of Porto, which hosts the Rally the Portuguese and confirm the trend. It could not be otherwise, the original dates of the Vodafone Rally of Portugal are prior to those of Sardegna, from the 21st to the 24th of May.
After Mexico stopped at three-quarters, but finished, and Argentina postponed and the risk, two other Races of the World are in the suspension. And potentially at risk. Reposition a Rally of the World Championship is not a joke, and also can change the soil conditions and logistics.
Curiously, the official formula adopted by the respective Federations is different. Carlos Barbosa, President of the Automobile Club Portuguese, cut it short, thanked the fans for their patience and refer them with full optimism is a welcome place in the latter part of the Season. Angelo Sticchi Damiani, President of ACI, however, and in the name of the Federation, “it makes available to study a possible new date for an event of great prestige and historical importance”. Almost Barbosa was certain to find a solution and Sticchi-Damiani is not so sure, to the point of unable to comply unwillingly. It is my impression, which tends simply to highlight the different official forms used. We have in each case urged for a video appointment with the President to learn more and to try to make the point on a general framework for the very delicate and uncertain, which calls on the President and the Federation to a great and difficult task, it is certainly not enviable. We will be back to you as soon as we have answers.
Probably the general situation is more favourable to Portugal than to Italy, given that Sardinia will have to maximize, as soon as possible, the returns of a tourist season that already promises and very difficult. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is no exception, and forces the parties, not only the Federations but also the Promoters, the Organizers of the single events and the parties called in question on the territory, a practice of uncertainty that is ever more closer to the game of prestige. Always less time available, seasons that come and go, and an aspiration to stay on the calendar that becomes day by day more frustrating.
The guard does not fall, in any case. We all want our Races and we will all be striving to find a new scheme to maintain the maximum of the proposed calendar. It is not excluded, and I hope, that you come to the end of the season is particularly exciting and purposeful.
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