The Bostalsee-based Tarmac event in south-west Germany becomes the latest WRC casualty of the COVID-19 outbreak and joins Argentina, Portugal, Finland, Kenya, New Zealand, Wales Rally GB and Japan on the sidelines.
The German event was scheduled to be round six on a revised schedule, but bosses have decided against running it due to ongoing regional government restrictions that prohibit mass gatherings of more than 350 people.
Having been introduced to the series back in 2002, this will only be the second time since then that the rally has not featured.
As part of the latest in a series of enforced calendar changes, which had already led to the introduction of new events in the shape of Rally Estonia and Rally Ypres, Rally Italy will now run from 8-11 October.
The WRC promoter says the switch avoids a date clash with Formula 1’s Imola race.
It is also felt that by bringing the gravel counter forward, the chances of warmer, more settled weather on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia will be improved. Another notable benefit is additional daylight hours.
Angelo Sticchi Damiani, President of Automobile Club d’Italia, said: “In ACI we have worked hard to redefine the new dates for the 2020 Rally Italia Sardegna.
“It has not been easy to find the right days which could put together the needs of…