The Wales Rally GB could possibly be switched to Northern Eire subsequent 12 months regardless of the Welsh Authorities having a deal to stage it till 2021, it has emerged.
Motorsport UK chief government Hugh Chambers has confirmed an settlement is in place to stage the rally in Wales this 12 months and in 2020 and 2021.
Nevertheless, talks are being held about Northern Eire internet hosting it in 2020.
The Welsh Authorities mentioned it was targeted on making this 12 months’s occasion successful.
Mr Chambers informed BBC Wales: “In parallel with our discussions with the Welsh Authorities, we have been additionally speaking to Northern Eire.
“We made the Welsh Authorities conscious, and it was a really grown-up dialog.
“Within the occasion it went to Northern Eire, we’d droop the contract with the Welsh Authorities for a 12 months, and the Welsh Authorities have mentioned they’d entertain that.
“They’re very conscious by means of their colleagues in Northern Eire that these discussions are happening.”
Mr Chambers mentioned no resolution had been made, and at the moment there was a deal to carry the occasion in Wales subsequent 12 months.
He added: “It is arisen as a result of there was curiosity from Northern Eire to discover the chances across the World Rally Championship being held in Northern Eire and we now have been in exploration of that notion.”
Mr Chambers mentioned if the rally went to Northern Eire, it will return to Wales the next 12 months.
He mentioned historically the rally used to go to completely different elements of the UK and was at the moment often called the Wales Rally GB as a result of Wales was the “sponsor”.
A Welsh Authorities spokesman mentioned: “Our focus stays on as soon as once more delivering a profitable occasion this 12 months from a brand new spectator-friendly base in Llandudno.
“We’ll talk about the staging of future occasions with our companions following an in depth analysis of this 12 months’s occasion to make sure it continues to offer worth for cash for the Welsh taxpayer.”