The superspecial stage through the streets of Cagliari, which had been due to get Rally d'Italia-Sardegna underway on 4 June, has been cancelled after event organisers encountered funding difficulties.

Rally bosses had hoped to run a two-kilometre stage through the island's capital on the Friday evening, but they have been prevented from doing so due to the costs associated with constructing the temporary course.

However, Cagliari will still form part of the itinerary of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge event as it will host the ceremonial start at 20.00 hours [local time] on Friday 4 June.

Had the Cagliari stage gone ahead it would have been the second town to host a superspecial stage in the IRC this season following Rally Argentina's successful running of a stage through the streets of host town Carlos Paz last month.

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