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No Rally of NZ on 2011 WRC schedule


The proposed dates for the 2011 World Rally Championship (WRC) have been released, and the Rally of New Zealand does not feature

This could mean that the 2010 rally, starting on 6 May, could be the last WRC event to be staged here.

WRC promoters reportedly don't believe the rally is meeting its promotional objectives.

NZ Prime Minister John Key says the Government will consider stepping in and helping save next year's rally.

Key said today he was going to "have a look at it".

"I understand they need about three quarters of a million dollars, and that's a big deal," he said on NewstalkZB.

"It's a sport that New Zealand has a very long history in, so I'm going to have a look at it and see whether it's possible for us to play some part.

"I can't guarantee we can ride in as a white knight, but we will look at it."

Rally New Zealand chairman Chris Carr says: “What this means for Rally New Zealand in 2011 and beyond can not be known with certainty until the WRC Commission agrees the calendar with North One Sport and presents it for approval by the FIA World Motorsport Council in March. Remember, this is only a proposed calendar.

“Until we have the official FIA decision, we are not able to comment further about future dates for Rally New Zealand, although we would be disappointed if Rally New Zealand was not included.

“In the meantime, we are focused on running a fantastic event in 2010. Our base in Auckland is going to showcase New Zealand to the world, and we know Rally New Zealand 2010 will be another in a long line of quality WRC events.”

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