Which is a near-certaintly, should there be more rallies at all. It’s possible an Australian-New Zealand back-to-back combo could work, but that would skew the WRC’s focus in favor of Australasia, leaving the all-important Americas with nothing. Kalle Rovanpera (FIN) and Jonne Halttunen (FIN) of team Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT are racing on day 3 during the World Rally Championship Sweden in Torsby, Sweden Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The FIA has released a provisional 2021 calendar for the World Rally Championship which features nine confirmed rounds, though more are expected to be added with manufacturers pushing for a minimum … The Council’s confirmation that Monte Carlo, Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Kenya, Finland, Spain, Japan and Australia all have contracts for a slot on the 2021 World Rally Championship calendar will leave some of the series’ real heavyweights pondering their future. Germany was always expected to rotate with Spain, but the Bostalsee-based organizers could feel rightly aggrieved if they’re forced out by coronavirus this year and don’t get a shot next year. 2020 Season Results Championship Standings Wolf Power Stage WRC+. The manufacturers are pushing for 10 rounds, the WRC Promoter wants 12. That said, in these cost-cutting COVID times, who’s to say Chile or Turkey would be able to foot that bill? Or at least a headache for later this season. This year’s calendar underwent a major re-working due to the coronavirus pandemic, with rounds cancelled or postponed, but it’s hoped a sense of normality will return to next year’s schedule. The FIA has announced that the nine events which had contracts to hold a round of the World Rally Championship next season will remain on the calendar, following the World Motor Sport Council meeting. Updated 17:50 Friday 9 th October 2020. 2020 Season Results Championship Standings Wolf Power Stage WRC+. Britain’s event is one of the founding rounds of the WRC and has been there as a qualifying round of an FIA world championship for each and every year since (admittedly 1996 was a rotated World 2-Litre Cup round). It would be wholly unfair to talk of New Zealand, Argentina, México and France in such terms. Calendar Teams & Drivers Support Championships WRC Partners Results & Standings. Will there be room for such sentiment if there’s one round remaining? The final three rallies of 2021 see the WRC circus flying around the world, first to Chile, before they return to Europe for the Spanish round in Catlunya, and then fly to Japan to end the season. Croatia and Estonia named in 2021 WRC calendar The 2021 FIA World Rally Championship calendar was revealed on Friday (9 October), with Croatia announced as a first-time host. Live Stream Live Maps Onboards Highlights WRC+ Info eSports. It will be the first time WRC has gone to Kenya for 19 years. As well as the return to the tracks of the Safari rally, the WRC will also return to Japan and Chile in 2021. The big unanswered question – not that we really expected it to be answered – is the one about the size of that 2021 calendar. That’s a fire the FIA and WRC Promoter are still frantically fighting. Join now. It’s unlikely to be back in Coffs Harbour, after the WRC Promoter made its feelings clear that the New South Wales town simply wasn’t big enough. All rights reserved. Instead, that slot will likely go to one of the – by comparison with Rally GB – nouveau riche. New Zealand’s position is difficult to read. With government support still sought by the organisers and a tug-of-war going on between the gravel tracks of Wales and the tarmac roads of Northern Ireland. “WRC has not been spared, leading to the unfortunate cancellation of several events throughout 2020. If government funding is not secured soon it looks likely that the GB round will slip from the WRC calendar for the first time since 1996. And what about México? Sebastien Ogier (FRA) and Julien Ingrassia (FRA) of team Toyota Yaris WRC Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT are seen racing during shakedown at the World Rally Championship Estonia in Tartu, Estonia. What little the FIA confirmed regarding 2020 was testing regulations, inking the expected one day per driver for each European WRC round. Talk to the drivers, to the teams, the FIA and the promoter and they will talk about the heritage and the need to maintain these heartland rallies in place. The FFSA is well-versed in running rallies at the highest level and needs no introduction to the rulebook, but there are, no doubt, questions which need to be answered regarding where the event will take place. During a virtual World Motor Sport Council meeting … As expected, the FIA World Motor Sport Council didn’t announce any details of how the revised 2020 World Rally Championship calendar is coming together after its meeting on Friday. Sweden will then host the second round before the WRC makes its very first visit to Croatia on April 25. If you’re going on history alone, then the 10th and potentially final seat has to go to Wales Rally GB. Estonia is also included in the 12-round series after being called-up at short notice to host a … https://www-dirtfish.imgix.net/2020/06/CL2020001-69.jpg?fit=scale&fm=pjpg&h=519&ixlib=php-1.2.1&q=70&w=780&wpsize=entry-main. The Safari Rally in Kenya has also been included after it was dropped from the ’20 schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We could not foresee any long-haul events being held in a safe manner for the public, or for our large group of travelling staff, suppliers, competitors and media, for the first five months of 2021. Copyright © 2020 DirtFish, LLC. Not a chance. 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. David Evans explains the background to what’s been announced today and the implications. The WRC announced today (9 th October) that one more round will be added to the calendar, as well as finalising the 2020 World Rally Championship season at eight rounds, with addition of a second Italian round at Monza.. The Safari rally, which has been absent from the WRC calendar since 2002, and was due to return in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic brought an abrupt halt to proceedings. Registered in England No. For months now we’ve been told there were no firm plans in Australia for next season, but rest assured this news wouldn’t have come out of WMSC if the Aussies didn’t have a solution. Right now, the focus is on what to do with the balance of 2020. Let’s not forget, NZ’s South Pacific Rally arrived in 1977 and Argentina’s Rally Codasur was only three years behind that. Sign up for our 2021 event updates, By clicking submit you are accepting the terms of Goodwood’s, A close‑up look at the multi‑million pound Artcurial Retromobile sale, Gallery: Exploring the paddocks at the Monza Historic, Gallery: Group C cars flying through the Parabolica, Gallery: The Greatest's Trophy at the Monza Historic, Message from The Duke of Richmond and Gordon. Calendar changes. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) and Julien Ingrassia (FRA) of team Toyota Yaris WRC Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT are seen racing during shakedown at the World Rally Championship Estonia in Tartu, Estonia. Such was the success of the first ever Rally Estonia that it will return in 2021 to the full-time WRC calendar, alongside another event which was expected to step into the breach in 2020, Croatia. The season is set to kick off with its traditional opener in Monte Carlo (just over a month after the final rally of 2020) before heading through Sweden, Croatia, Portugal and Italy before the convoy heads to Kenya in June. Who stays and who goes? Update: Monza joins WRC 2020 calendar. That leaves México, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Turkey, GB and France out in the cold. The full World Rally Championship calendar for the 2020 season France was, of course, present in ’73 – but present on the fabulous island of Corsica. France, it would appear, is on the backburner right now (unless you count January’s dash south through the Alps from Gap to the coast – but that doesn’t count, because that’s called the Monte Carlo Rally…). With the addition of Rally Chile to the calendar in 2019, the FIA opened the tender process for new events to join the championship in 2020. Calendar Teams & Drivers Support Championships WRC Partners Results & Standings. I think not. The FIA has confirmed a new-look World Rally Championship calendar for the 2021 season, with the addition of Croatia and the delayed return of the Safari Rally. Live Stream Live Maps Onboards Highlights WRC+ Info eSports. The new calendar features nine European rounds, and three outside the WRC’s home continent, with the flyaway rounds pushed later in the year to allow time for preparations for any impact the continued coronavirus crisis has on the season. As we predicted, there was no news on what the rest of this year might look like. Meanwhile Estonia will keep its position on the calendar. Updated information on forthcoming FIA World Rally Championship fixtures has been made available by the FIA and WRC Promoter in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel said: “The inclusion of Croatia to the WRC for the first time is an exciting new challenge to our fixture list and brings huge anticipation. The 2020 FIA World Rally Championship is the forty-eighth season of the World Rally Championship, an auto racing competition recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) as the highest class of international rallying.Teams and crews are competing in seven rallies for the World Rally Championships for Drivers, Co-drivers and Manufacturers. WRC calendar update. Sign up today and be the first to know about special offers, exclusive products and more! As expected, the FIA World Motor Sport Council didn’t announce any details of how the revised 2020 World Rally Championship calendar is coming together after its meeting on Friday. The only round in real danger is the British round of the championship, one of its oldest.

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