Final round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship in Australia cancelled due to raging bushfires

Organisers Tuesday cancelled this week's Rally Australia, the final round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, because of bushfires raging near the Coffs Harbour venue in New South Wales.

Agence France-Presse November 12, 2019 10:09:34 IST
Final round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship in Australia cancelled due to raging bushfires
  • Rally Australia was cancelled because of bushfires raging near the Coffs Harbour venue in New South Wales.

  • The event had already been scaled back as Australia struggles to control the blazes that have killed three people.

  • Estonia's Ott Tanak wrapped up his first World Rally title when he finished second to Thierry Neuville in the rally of Catalonia just over two weeks ago.

Coffs Harbour (Australia): Organisers on Tuesday cancelled this week's Rally Australia, the final round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, because of bushfires raging near the Coffs Harbour venue in New South Wales.

The event had been scheduled to begin Thursday and had already been scaled back as Australia struggles to control the blazes that have killed three people.

Final round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship in Australia cancelled due to raging bushfires

The raging bushfires in Australia have killed three people so far. AP

"Considering the best interests and safety of everyone involved in the rally, and of course the wider community, it is not appropriate to conduct the rally," event chairman Andrew Papadopoulos said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with the NSW community, especially the people who have lost loved ones, livelihoods and homes."

Estonia's Ott Tanak wrapped up his first World Rally title when he finished second to Thierry Neuville in the rally of Catalonia just over two weeks ago.

Tanak, who drives for Toyota but will switch to Hyundai next season, now finishes the season 36 points ahead of Belgian Thierry Neuville.

Tanak is the first non-Frenchman to win the title since Norwegian Petter Solberg in 2003. Sebastien Loeb won it nine years straight with Sebastien Ogier winning the last six.

Hyundai will win the manufacturers crown by virtue of being 18 points ahead of Toyota going into the now-cancelled Australian race.

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