Lohéac canceled in blow to World RX calendar hopes

Popular French venue follows Norway, South Africa and Russia in being dropped from 2020 season


The French round of the 2020 World Rallycross championship has been called off due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

The crown jewel event was set for the first week of September, and was one of just two to maintain its original date on World RX’s rearranged calendar along with the Abu Dhabi round scheduled for the end of October.

“Due to restrictions imposed by the French government prohibiting mass gatherings until August 31 due to continuing health concerns regarding COVID-19, the Bretagne World Rallycross of France at Loheac, which is scheduled to take place on 4-6 September, is canceled,” the event said in a statement.

“This decision was taken after careful consideration and consultation with the FIA, the promoter of the championship IMG, the French ASN (FFSA) and the Lohéac Rallycross Sports Association, the health and safety of all those involved remaining the priority. ”

“A number of options have been explored in the hope of maintaining the event, but unfortunately it is not logistically possible to apply the social distancing measures required on this site, and no other date is not available.

“We thank our volunteers, fans and audiences for their continued support and we sympathize with the economic difficulties that this creates for the race teams, the drivers, our partners and suppliers. We will come back even stronger in 2021.”

The French round is the fourth event of the 2020 season to be scrapped entirely, following Russia – which was called off before the coronavirus crisis – Norway, and South Africa.

As things stand, the delayed 2020 World RX season is set to begin on the weekend of August 20-23 in Höljes, Sweden.