Rally Mexico finished early today in the face of the looming travel restrictions with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
With the unanimous support of WRC personnel, Rally Mexico organisers requested the FIA to bring forward to finish, which they subsequently granted. Since over 75 per cent of the route had been covered, full points were awarded.
After multiple cancellations to motorsport events around the globe, Rally Mexico was the only FIA world competition being held at the time.
Diego Sinhue Rodriguez Vallejo, governor of Guanajuato issued a statement saying:
“In co-ordination with the organising committee of Rally Guanajuato México, and due to the closure of some destination airports for teams and visitors from foreign countries, the decision to move forward the awards and closing ceremony of the event to this evening has been confirmed.
“We support and respect this decision, which has been made based on the availability of destination airports. The State of Guanajuato continues without any confirmed cases of COVID-19 and with all the corresponding prevention mechanisms in place.”
Some drivers, including eventual round winner Sebastian Ogier, were critical of the event going ahead due to the situation surrounding the pandemic.
Other notable motor racing championship including Formula One, Formula E, NASCAR, Indycar, Supercars, and the World Endurance Championship cancelled their respective events in recent days.