World Rally Championship to Resume in September

It has been an uncertain year on many fronts. If you are a fan of the World Rally Championship, you must be wondering what the future holds for the sport now that Covid-19 put every plan there was into disarray.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel as the championship is set to resume in September in Estonia.

The 2020 events were put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic just after three rounds. At least five events are lined up between September and December. The plan is to cover at least eight rounds before the year ends.

Albeit a new fixture in the World Rally Championship, Rally Estonia is expected to set the pace for subsequent events post Covid-19. The event will take place between 4 and 6 September after which it will move to Turkey between 24 and 27 September.

Notably, Estonia will be the 33rd country to hold the championship even though this is not the first time such an event has taken place there. The country hosted the candidate events for the championship for last two years.

Revised Calendar

January 23-26: Monte-Carlo

February 13-16: Sweden

March 12-15: Mexico

September 4-6: Estonia

September 24-27: Turkey

October 15-18: Germany

October 29 -1 November: Italy

November 19 -22: Japan

The countries expected to join other nations where the championship has taken place are Belgium and Croatia as talks are already in progress.

The FIA has drawn up a raft of measures that must be met in the wake of the pandemic before the kick-off of the championship. Most of the stakeholders are happy with the rules, and they remain upbeat that the events will be successful.

However, some of the measures will be customised to suit the conditions of the country where the championship will be at that particular moment.

Fans have also been advised to take necessary precautionary measures during and after the events.