He WRC presented its 2021 calendar, which will consist of 12 dates and will remain mostly in Europe.
To limit expenses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to safeguard the integrity of its participants, the category will not leave the continent from January to June, a period in which five rounds will be held, starting as usual in Monte Carlo and Sweden.
Croatia it will occupy the third space, being a new WRC event; then it will be done Portugal, which was canceled this year, and Italy.
Then the Rally Safari in Kenya at the end of June, which will be followed Estonia (which was also added on the fly), Finland and Wales, which moved from November to August.
Initially, it was thought that the non-inclusion of Rally México it implied that the WRC would not visit America in 2021; However, having better circumstances, Chile managed to change its date to September.
The contest will end with Spain and Japan, in October and November, respectively.
Argentina will not be on the calendar either, but was listed in the “contingency” events, along with Turkey, Latvia, Belgium, Acropolis and Monza.
If any of the main events cannot be held, a replacement can be chosen from this group of venues. It is by this method that Monza was included last minute for this year.
As well as Mexico and Turkey, There will be no WRC trips to France, New Zealand, Germany and Australia in 2021.
Covid-19 has hit international sporting events extremely hard. WRC has not been spared, leading to the unfortunate cancellation of several events throughout 2020. So, in developing the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship calendar, we had to take pragmatic and strategic decisions on the continuing impact on global travel next year.
«Covid-19 has extremely hit international sporting events. The WRC has not been spared, leading to the unfortunate cancellation of several events throughout 2020, ”said Jona Siebel, WRC Promoter Director.
“Therefore, in developing the calendar for the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship, we had to make pragmatic and strategic decisions on the continued impact on global travel next year.”
WRC 2021 CALENDAR
|June 6th||Italy (Sardinia)|
|June 27th||Safari (Kenya)|
|August 22||United Kingdom (Wales)|
|October the 17th||Spain|