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"Mikko Hirvonen from Finland was confirmed, to take part this rally, and says he'll be here in 2021, competing in the classic rally in one of those ubiquitous Escorts," Roger Oakley said.
Organisers decided this week to cancel the Otago Rally for 2020 due to Covid 19.
"We were literally days away from ramping up, and committing to the event," Roger Oakley said.
"The event costs way over a quarter of a million dollars to run, some items had been printed, but we were able to cancel most things in time, " he said.
Organisers say a record 30 international teams were scheduled to race this year.