Sebastien Ogier believes the choice to increase this yr’s World Rally Championship season with the late addition of December’s Rally Monza is “nice information” for followers.
Monza turns into the third solely new occasion to hitch rallying’s prime flight after Rally Estonia – the house spherical of defending World Rally champions Ott Tanak and Martin Jarveoja – and Belgium’s Rally Ypres.
They have been known as upon following the quick-fire lack of a number of occasions due to the worldwide coronavirus well being pandemic. These included rallies in Portugal, Finland, Wales, Kenya and New Zealand.
Happening in early December on the iconic Autodromo Nazionale de Monza, the all-tarmac affair has attracted numerous WRC drivers over time, together with Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb who received there in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Its profile has been additional strengthened by repeat appearances from MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, though he has already indicated that he has no plans to be there this time round.
The WRC Promoter has confirmed Rally Monza will undertake a “quick format schedule”, with the Friday and Sunday legs consisting of track-based assessments with crews competing on closed roads within the Lombardy area on the Saturday. In whole, the route that has been drawn is alleged to cowl 137 aggressive miles.
“It’s nice information,” mentioned Ogier, who stays second within the WRC drivers’ standings to his Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Elfyn Evans.
“We now have had a brief season [up to this point] so each occasion coming is welcome.
“Rallying in Italy is all the time a pleasure too – there’s quite a lot of ardour for the game over there.
“Monza is an iconic place for motorsport [but] I’ve by no means been there to take part to the Rally Present.
“I am pleased it is not likely a present anymore, as a result of it could be somewhat too mild for a WRC occasion, however with a number of the phases deliberate within the Como space, that sounds good for me, even when I don’t know about what to anticipate.
“This space is gorgeous and I really like this a part of the world, so I think about these phases [are going to be] lovely.
“I hope my creativeness is true and I’m trying ahead to being there.”
In the meantime, regardless of making it back-to-back wins on Rally Italia Sardinia, Dani Sordo has mentioned that’s no assure he shall be introduced again into the Hyundai crew for Rally Monza regardless of his expertise of it.
“I do not know,” mentioned the Spaniard when requested if he can be again out driving on the last spherical. “Now that Monza is occurring, I do not know if I shall be there or not. Anyway, I’d be pleased to be there.”