The third round of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship, the Andalucía Rally has been postponed until autumn due to the heat wave and drought that has hit Southern Spain this past month.

Originally to take place next week, 7-12 June, the third edition of the Andalucía Rally will have to wait until autumn at least to see the world’s best race in preparation for the 2023 Dakar Rally.

The southern regions of Spain have been hit by a heat wave during the last month causing a severe drought in the area and the local authorities have raised the level of fire alert to its maximum.

“To preserve this already fragile ecosystem and despite the full support of the local authorities, all the parties involved have decided that continuing with the rally is not possible at this time” said the FIM.

“This case of force majeure has obliged A.S.O., the FIA, the FIM and the organiser to postpone the Andalucía Rally until the autumn, to a date still under consideration, but on the initially planned route”.

2022 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship calendar:

January 1-14, Dakar Rally, Saudi Arabia

March 4-10 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

October 6-12 Rallye du Maroc, Morocco

TBA Andalucia Rally, Spain


Photo Credit: Andalucía Rally