Argentina cancelled, Estonia to restart WRC season in September

The 2020 WRC season will commence in Estonia on September 4.
The 2020 WRC season will commence in Estonia on September 4.
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World Rally Championship (WRC) organisers cancelled Argentina's postponed round on Thursday while announcing the season, halted by the Covid-19 pandemic, would restart in Estonia in September.

It will be the first time Estonia, home of reigning world champion Ott Taenak, has featured on the WRC calendar. The short-format gravel rally based around Tartu is scheduled for September 4-6.

The revised schedule published on Thursday sees Turkey following on from Estonia on September 24-27.

Germany's round will be on October 15-18, with Italy (Sardinia) on October 29 to November 1 after being postponed from June. Japan is scheduled to end the season on November 19-22.

Rallies in Belgium and Croatia could also feature, with talks ongoing.

The championship completed three rounds in Monte Carlo, Sweden and Mexico before the coronavirus sent countries into lockdown.

Six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier leads the standings for Toyota.

"Today’s restart announcement sends a clear signal that the 2020 WRC is back in business," said WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla in a statement.

FIA rally director Yves Matton said he was confident there would be a minimum of eight rallies this year.

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