The season is about to kick off with its conventional opener in Monte Carlo (simply over a month after the ultimate rally of 2020) earlier than heading by Sweden, Croatia, Portugal and Italy earlier than the convoy heads to Kenya in June.
Rally Estonia is at present pencilled in for mid-July, topic to closing settlement, earlier than journeys to close by Finland and Rally GB. The ultimate three rallies of 2021 see the WRC circus flying around the globe, first to Chile, earlier than they return to Europe for the Spanish spherical in Catlunya, after which fly to Japan to finish the season.
The one spherical in actual hazard is the British spherical of the championship, one in every of its oldest. With authorities assist nonetheless sought by the organisers and a tug-of-war happening between the gravel tracks of Wales and the tarmac roads of Northern Eire. If authorities funding will not be secured quickly it seems possible that the GB spherical will slip from the WRC calendar for the primary time since 1996.
WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel stated: “The inclusion of Croatia to the WRC for the primary time is an thrilling new problem to our fixture listing and brings enormous anticipation.
“COVID-19 has hit worldwide sporting occasions extraordinarily arduous. WRC has not been spared, resulting in the unlucky cancellation of a number of occasions all through 2020
“We couldn’t foresee any long-haul occasions being held in a secure method for the general public, or for our giant group of travelling workers, suppliers, opponents and media, for the primary 5 months of 2021.
“It’s important our occasion organisers are totally dedicated to managing the tough COVID-19 controls we are able to anticipate to be in place subsequent yr whereas delivering high-quality championship rounds. I’m assured the 12 rallies chosen for subsequent yr won’t allow us to down.”
In case of any drop offs resulting from COVID-19, or within the case of Rally GB, lack of funding, rallies in Turkey Latvia, Belgium, Greece, Italy (Monza) and Argentina are on a reserve listing.