Rally Finland off – Italy on
By Sean Moriarty
There is still a large degree of uncertainty surrounding international motorsport events but Killarney co-driver Paul Nagle is taking it all one day at a time.
No sooner was it announced that he and his driver Craig Breen were to be part of a three-car Hyundai Motorsport team for Rally Finland, in August, the event got cancelled.
Almost at the same time, the European Rally Championship got the green light and the opening round of that series will run (at the time of writing) in Italy in July.
“It is very disappointing, but we have to look after our own welfare and the welfare of the people of Finland, we can do nothing only look forward to Rally Finland in 2021,” he said.
The organising team behind the Rally di Roma Capitale, which is set to run from July 24 to 26 is taking unprecedented steps to ensure that the rally will run. These include a dedicated App to be used for contact tracing purposes and requesting spectators to register their chosen viewing spots well ahead of the event.
The Italian rally is the opening round of the European Rally Championship and Breen and Nagle are contracted to contest this series in a MRF Tyres supported Hyundai i30 R5.
The Irish pair have also placed an entry for the Elba Rally, an Italian Rally Championship event, which is scheduled to run one week after Rally di Roma Capitale.
The cancellation of Rally Finland means their 2020 WRC aspirations remain up in the air. The possibility remains that they will get the Hyundai call for Rally GB in late October but, like everything, this event is subject to the same considerations every rally organiser in the world face right now.
This article was first published in The Kerryman. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider for The Kerryman