77th Rally Poland to take place during centenary of national classic

(14.05.2020) Polish Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (PZM), the organizer of the 77th Rally Poland has decided to postpone this year's event to the 2021 season, in which the centenary of this national classic falls. The decision is the result of a pandemic situation caused by coronavirus in Poland and Europe. The postponement of the rally for the next season follows detailed analysis and has been accepted by the governing body of world motorsport, International Automobile Federation (FIA) and Eurosport Events, Promoter of the European Rally Championship (ERC).

The organizers held numerous meetings and consultations with the Promoter as well as the regional authorities to find a new date on the 2020 FIA ERC calendar for the 77th Rally Poland instead of the original date of 26-28 June. The situation related to COVID-19, including restrictions on cross-border traffic and the unpredictable deadline for their total removal does not allow the time to implement the arrangements required to conduct the round of the European and Polish Championships. Bearing in mind the safety of competitors, spectators, media representatives and people involved in the organization of this great international event, it was decided to postpone it to next year.

Michał Sikora, the president of Polish Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, said: Rally Poland is every year one of the most important, not only motorsport events on the calendar in our country. Preparations for such a large international competition last almost the whole year, with the rally attracting crowds of fans from Poland and abroad. The rally is an unenclosed event of a mass nature and it is not possible to carry it out when it is difficult to predict when the existing restrictions will be lifted. There is no alternative for safety of competitors and spectators and no compromise in this area. After numerous consultations with our partners, we took the only reasonable decision to postpone the 77th Rally Poland to next year. We have already declared our will to run our rally as a round of the next year's European Championship. Mikołajki and the picturesque Masurian Lake District will stay as the venue of the event, which will be the setting of a unique jubilee - the centenary of our classic rally.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: Naturally we are disappointed the ERC won’t be visiting Poland this year, particularly given all the hard work and planning that has been undertaken and the warm welcome we always receive. However, we are already looking ahead to the 77th Rally Poland taking place in 2021 and to joining PZM in celebrating the 100-year milestone, which is a tremendous achievement.

Next year, Rally Poland will celebrate the jubilee of the centenary. The first edition of the rally was held on July 23-25, 1921 on a 576km route from Marki near Warsaw to Białowieża and back. Six crews took part on the event and the winner was one of Polish automotive pioneers Tadeusz Heyne in a Dodge car.












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