Since final Tuesday and the cancellation of the Rally of Japan as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, all eyes have been turned to Monza and its autodrome the place the 14th Grand Prix of the System 1 season.
Broadly anticipated to be the one potential candidate for such a alternative inside the allotted timeframe, Rally Monza was lastly made official because the final spherical of the WRC 2021 calendar a couple of minutes earlier than the beginning of the Acropolis Rally Energy Stage. It’s going to happen from November 19 to 21.
The Italian occasion had a significant benefit. Final yr, it had already hosted the final spherical of the season modified many occasions due to COVID-19. In dire situations marked by heavy precipitation and heavy snowfall, Sébastien Ogier gained to win his seventh world title on the road.
Two weeks forward of its 2020 date, the rally has not delivered any particulars on its subsequent division which can nevertheless combine the well-known Monza circuit. A number of indiscretions emanating from the service park of Lamia (Greece), nevertheless, reported a course together with extra specials traced outdoors the autodrome.
This alternative, which ought to this time be the final change to the calendar, ensures the World Championship a full season with 12 rounds, with Finland and Catalonia scheduled for October. If the WRC groups and extra significantly Toyota are saddened to not go to Japan this yr, the organizers hope that their rally will happen subsequent yr, which is already on this system for 2022.
“I take this chance to additionally categorical my honest gratitude to all those that have labored tirelessly to make this occasion potential”, stated Rally Japan govt committee chairman Satoshi Suzuki. “We’re decided to do our greatest to beat this COVID-19 pandemic and efficiently host the WRC in Japan in 2022. I pray for everybody’s security.”
As for subsequent season, the WRC has already revealed a partial calendar of 9 occasions, in addition to six tiebreakers for the remaining 4 locations. The one confirmed dates are these of the Monte-Carlo Rally (January 20-23) and the Sweden Rally (February 24-27).