The European historic motorsport calendar had seen the first casualty of the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic with the cancellation of the Rally Costa Brava this evening, opening round of the FIA’s European Historic Sporting Rally Championship.
With crews already present for the event and the FIA delegate out on the stages preparing for tomorrow's start, the Spanish organisers issued the following statement this afternoon:
By direct order of the General Secretary of Sports of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the 68 Rally Costa Brava has been cancelled. After the meeting held by the Civil Protection of Catalonia (PROCICAT) with the highest authorities in the country, Gerard Figueras, Secretary General of l’Esport, has communicated to Alex Romaní, President of RallyClassics, the cancellation of the race due to the imperative need to allocate all health and law enforcement personnel to the situation in the country in the containment of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
This morning the test had been presented at the Pont de Pedra in Girona, the cancellation communication of the Costa Brava Rally has arrived around 14:30.
RallyClassics deeply regrets the inconvenience that this fact may cause to pilots and teams and thanks all the volunteers for the enormous work done up to today.
Girona, 16 hours
March 12, 2020