Ogier thumbs-up for WRC’s early season break


Tuesday | 16 Mar 2021

Sébastien Ogier has praised FIA World Rally Championship organisers for together with a two-month hole within the 2021 calendar – by which it’s hoped Coronavirus-impacted journey and logistics restrictions will ease.

This yr’s schedule started with a brace of winter fixtures at Rallye Monte-Carlo and Arctic Rally Finland – efficiently held underneath tight Covid-19 protocols – earlier than a deliberate break forward of Croatia Rally’s (22 – 25 April) maiden look within the sequence.

Seven-time world champion Ogier stated: “I consider this calendar is made appropriately and this hole is coming, I feel, on the proper second to let a while for the well being to enhance totally.

“The entire state of affairs is evolving on the earth proper now, however it could be very nice to suppose we’d have the possibility to see our followers typically once more sooner or later.”

Requested what his plans have been for the break, Ogier added: “In fact, I’ll take time to get pleasure from it with my household. It’s probably not doable to journey for a vacation or something, however good, high quality time at residence will likely be simply fantastic.”

Video: Croatia Rally

Croatia Rally organisers are hoping to have the ability to allow followers for the asphalt encounter. The 22-stage occasion begins with an excellent particular stage in Zagreb earlier than transferring onto the roads of Plešivica, Žumberak and Karlovac and Krapina-Zagorje counties.

Organisers are predicting round 80 entries for the 302km aggressive route.

Ogier admitted he’s wanting ahead to discovering out extra about Croatia within the coming weeks.
“For now I don’t know a lot,” he stated, “however we are going to see extra from the staff as we get nearer and, after all, we have now the check earlier than the occasion.”

The Croatia Rally will kick-start a busy interval for the WRC with an additional 9 occasions within the following seven months.

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