THE 2020 Africa Rally Championship (ARC) has been confirmed; maintaining a seven rounds calendar for next season with Tanzania Rally will wind the season later in September.
The World Motorsport Council gathered in Paris, France during the 2019 Annual General Assembly last Wednesday to pass all regulations and regional calendars.
However, the ARC comes with date changes for some events. Rallye Côte d'Ivoire Bandama in Ivory Coast was maintained as the season opener due 20-23 February.
The South Africa Rally was retained as the second round in April.
The notable change reflects in the Rwanda Rally coming earlier in the year. The event will run in May.
The event has been the final championship round for the last two years.
The Zambia Rally will be hosted in June while the Safari Rally which will be run as a World Rally Championship event will be held in July.
Although Uganda maintained the month of August, it will instead play the penultimate round next season.
The Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally will be run under a yellow card following various safety issues in last year's event.
The event must improve its safety measures or risk losing the ARC round in future. It is not the first time that Uganda receives FIA safety warnings.
In 2016, Uganda's report on the ARC event rose several safety concerns and despite efforts made, there has been a regressing in that department.
Burundi is a likely candidate for events after 2020 following recognisable improvements in hosting events.
FIA African Rally Championship
Rallye Côte d'Ivoire Bandama 23-25 April
Rally of South Africa 15-17 May
Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally 19-21 June
Zambia International Rally 16-19 July
Safari Rally Kenya 14-16 August
Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally 18-20 September
Rally of Tanzania