The serious fires that are ravaging the east of Australia, and that have caused the declaration of the state of emergency in the area, have forced the Australia rally suspension, last test of the 2019 World Cup.
The organization, in collaboration with the authorities, have admitted that cancellation was the only viable option to take, since there are more than 1,000 people involved in an event of this magnitude, whose safety and well-being could not be guaranteed in a context that qualify as "catastrophic".
"Considering the best interests and safety of everyone in the rally and of course the entire community, it is not appropriate to celebrate"said Andrew Papadopoulos, director of the Australian rally.
The test was to be held in the region of New south Wales, and had even considered a journey of only 90 kilometers to dispute the test. However, the severity of the fires has forced their total suspension.
The pilots have absolutely understood the decision. Ott Tänak, The newly proclaimed world rally champion has been especially hurt. His father is a firefighter and that is why he understands "how dangerous and difficult his job is". "I would like to send my deepest respect to all the volunteers who are protecting us and keeping us safe," he wrote in a twitter thread in which he also announces that he will do a donation to the fire service of New South Wales.