Rally Italy forced to move from Sar­dinia DAVID EVANS

GROUP RAL­LY­ING ED­I­TOR “The 2017 silly sea­son is well un­der­way”

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The pres­i­dent of the Ital­ian motorsport fed­er­a­tion has ad­mit­ted the World Rally Cham­pi­onship’s stay in Sar­dinia has come to an end.

An­gelo Stic­chi Dami­ani said fund­ing for the Al­ghero-based event had be­come harder to find and would likely bring world cham­pi­onship ac­tion to an end on the Ital­ian is­land.

Stic­chi Dami­ani told Ital­ian me­dia: “Not only did we not have pos­i­tive sig­nals [from lo­cal gov­ern­ment about the rally], we had po­lit­i­cal at­tacks and neg­a­tive sig­nals, so we can say that this won­der­ful time is com­ing to an end. There are not the con­di­tions to carry on this ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The Au­to­mo­bile Club Italy pres­i­dent said he was adamant there were no wider-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions for Italy’s WRC round.

“This is a painful de­ci­sion [to leave Sar­dinia],” he added, “but the race re­mains in the world cham­pi­onship and moves back to the main­land. We are work­ing on a pro­ject in­volv­ing a num­ber of re­gions in cen­tral Italy.”

Sar­dinia out for 2017 WRC

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