The FIA World Rally Championship will announce a new season finale after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the Rally Japan.
So far, eight rounds have been completed in the 2021 championship, another four remain.
Acropolis Rally Greece takes place this weekend, followed by Rally Finland and Rally Catalunya next month.
Japan would then end the season on November 11-14, the country’s first WRC event since 2010.
However, this will no longer be the case, a replacement event is expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
“Given the specifics of the WRC competition taking place on public roads with the compulsory cooperation of everyone in the local community, and the fact that in Japan the COVID-19 emergencies are increasing daily and the situation continues to ease unpredictably, the only thing we remained together was a choice, namely to cancel the WRC Rally Japan 2021, ”it said in a statement.
“We take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation for the indispensable support and understanding of everyone and would like to extend our sincere thanks to all fans and stakeholders who have been looking forward to this first WRC Rally Japan in 11 years.
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this decision may have caused and we are deeply grateful for your understanding.”
Rally Japan 2021 Executive Committee Chairman Satoshi Suzuki added: “I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to everyone who worked so tirelessly to make this event possible.
“We are determined to do our best to overcome this COVID-19 pandemic and successfully hold the WRC 2022 in Japan. I pray for everyone’s safety. “