The World Rally Championship will remain on hiatus for at least the next three months after confirming the cancellation of Rally New Zealand.
The opening three rounds of the 2020 campaign took place prior to the coronavirus pandemic but the championship has since been unable to hold further events.
Rally Portugal and Safari Rally Kenya were cancelled while Argentina and Sardinia were postponed.
On Wednesday Rally Finland’s 2020 event was officially called off and on Thursday the promoter of New Zealand’s round pulled the plug on its showpiece.
It means only four rallies remain scheduled for the rest of 2020, with Turkey (September 24-27) next on the list.
“It became clear that with our borders closed to international travel and the logistics required to host thousands of international visitors as part of the World Rally Championship, that the September 2020 date was not practical,” said Rally New Zealand CEO Michael Goldstein.
“Over the last 12 months our team have done a huge amount of work to be ready to host a WRC event.
“We are disappointed to not host the World Rally Championship in 2020 but at the same time the issues around the world put this into context.”