The Serious Forest Fires Force To Cancel The Rally Of Australia

(Update with more data)

, Nov 12 (EFE) .- The Rally of Australia (from November 14 to 17), the last test of the 2019 World Cup, has been canceled after serious forest fires affected much of northern New South Wales, near from the port of Coffs Harbor that was to be the stage of the test.

The organizers announced the cancellation after consulting with the State Government, the FIA, emergency services and the local community.


The president of the competition, Andrew Papadopoulos, said that "considering the interests and safety of all the people involved, it is not appropriate to celebrate the rally."

From Australia the state of emergency has been declared due to serious fires. The authorities predict for this Tuesday 'catastrophic conditions' for more than 85 active foci and the possible impact of the wind in the direction of the flames.

'We have never seen so many fires in a state of emergency. What we are witnessing these days is not on the scale of the conventional, 'said Shane Fitzsimmons, a member of the Rural Fire Service of New South Wales, at a press conference.

The cancellation of the Rally of Australia abruptly ends the FIA ​​World Rally Championship 2019. Hyundai takes the builders competition with 380 points and an advantage of 18 units over Toyota. In third place is Citroen with 284 points.

The World Championship also concludes with Estonian Ott Tänak as leader with 263 points. The Belgian Thierry Neuville and the French Sebastian Ogier complete the podium reaching 227 and 217 points respectively. EFE