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Australia rally called off

Hyundai was confirmed as winner of the World Rally Championship’s manufacturers’ title after the season-ending Rally of Australia was cancelled yesterday due to the threat of bushfires. Organizers had planned to run the November 14-17 event at Coffs Harbour in eastern New South Wales state with a dramatically shorter route but decided the risks were too high for the more than 1,000 officials, competitors and support personnel. “Considering the best interests and safety of everyone involved in the rally, and of course the wider community, it is not appropriate to conduct the rally,” Rally of Australia Event Chairman Andrew Papadopoulos said. Hyundai, which held an 18-point lead over defending champion Toyota after the penultimate round in Spain, claimed its first manufacturers’ title in the global series. Toyota’s Estonian driver Ott Tanak was already sure of the drivers’ championship.


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