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The Acropolis Rally in Greece will return to the world championship calendar for the primary time since 2013 when it replaces the coronavirus-hit Rally of Chile in September, organisers introduced on Friday.
“It’ll type spherical 10 of the season on 9-12 September, changing Rally Chile which has sadly been cancelled because of continued journey and different restrictions amid the pandemic,” mentioned the promoters.
World Rally Championship mentioned it had finalised a “multi-year settlement” with the Greek authorities for the Acropolis to return.
All the time thought-about one of many hardest rallies on the circuit, due to the twisty and rocky mountain roads, intense warmth and choking mud, the Acropolis Rally was an everyday characteristic of the circuit between 1973 and 2013.
“The Acropolis holds an illustrious chapter in WRC historical past and we recognize the Greek authorities’s big dedication in restoring it to world rallying’s prime desk,” mentioned Jona Siebel, managing director of WRC Promoter.
“Its heritage will likely be recalled by all, however on the identical time this can be a modern-era Acropolis that sits comfortably alongside our different 11 rounds.
“That does not imply its problem is diminished and we will be certain the robust mountain roads will convey the sternest of contests.”
The 2021 version will begin from its regular location underneath the well-known Parthenon temple in Athens.
The situation of the service park and the route will likely be specified at a later date.
Revised calendar for the 2021 WRC season:
January 21-24 – Monte-Carlo Rally
February 26-28 – Arctic Rally (Finland)
April 22-25 – Rally of Croatia
Might 20-23 – Rally of Portugal
June 3-6 – Rally of Italy
June 24-27 – Safari Rally (Kenya)
July 15-18 – Rally of Estonia
July 29-August 1 – Rally of Finland
August 13-15 – Ypres Rally (Belgium)
September 9-12 – Acropolis Rally (Greece)
October 14-17 – Rally of Spain
November 11-14 – Rally of Japan
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