The Ypres Rally in Belgium will change Rally GB on the calendar for the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship after official conformation was revealed earlier this week.
Ypres, which had set to be a substitute spherical of the sequence final 12 months following the COVID-19 pandemic earlier than it was pressured to be cancelled as a result of a rise in coronavirus circumstances in Belgium within the construct as much as the occasion, will lastly get its probability to host a WRC spherical for the primary time in 2021, however on the expense of the British spherical of the sequence.
The tarmac occasion is ready to happen in August, which means it can happen later than its conventional June date of latest seasons the place its performed host to a spherical of each the British and Belgian Rally Championships.
“Following the cancellation of the rally on the finish of October, we remained in shut contact with the FIA and WRC Promoter, emphasising that our occasion was able to take its place on the WRC calendar,” commented Alain Penasse who is among the organisers of the occasion.
“Our staff had proved that they may swap rapidly and organise a WRC occasion at quick discover. We can welcome the FIA World Rally Championship in Ypres for the primary time in mid-August! Broadly talking, we’ll use final 12 months’s format once more. This was clearly appreciated by the individuals, because the registration record for the 2020 version appeared spectacular with 140 groups registered.
“In fact we needed to consider the opposite dates on the FIA WRC 2021 calendar,” he added.
“In August we’ll change the UK spherical. We additionally needed to consider the supply of the market in Ypres and the chances on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the place the GP Components 1 will likely be held on the finish of August. That’s why mid-August appears best.”
Rally GB in the meantime had been one of many longest standing occasions on the calendar having been a part of the championship since 1973, however will no longer be a part of the sequence this season regardless of one of the best efforts of the occasion organisers.
The British occasion has historically been one of many hardest and most troublesome occasions on the calendar having orignally taken in dozens of phases across the UK earlier than extra just lately utilizing Welsh forest phases as its location.
The 2021 FIA World Rally Championship is ready to get underway in two week’s time on Rallye Monte Carlo, the place Sebastien Ogier will start his quest for a eighth title win.