Drafting sports, Jul 2 .- The World Rally 2020, which was interrupted after the first three tests by the coronavirus pandemic, will resume in September with the test in Estonia, organizers reported Thursday.
The Estonian race, which is entering the highest category for the first time, will take place between September 4 and 6. It will be the 33rd country to host a World Cup rally since it began in 1973.
According to the revised schedule, the rallies in Turkey (September 24-27), Germany (October 15-18), Italy Sardinia (October 29- November) and Japan (November 19-22) will be held next.
However, the organization of the World Cup is still in talks to try to hold the Ypres Rally in Belgium between October 2 and 4 and even another test in Croatia.
The Rally Argentina, which was postponed from its original program in April, was definitively canceled.
So far, rallies in Monte Carlo, Sweden and Mexico have been held. French leader Sebastien Ogier, the six-time universal champion, leads the standings with an eight-point lead over Britain’s Elfyn Evans.
Estonia’s announcement to host a World Rally event was made at a press conference in Tallinn on Thursday with the attendance of Prime Minister Juri Ratas and WRC CEO Oliver Ciesla.
On the spot, the fact that the current world champion, Ott Tanak, will be able to compete for the first time in a World Cup event in front of his public, was appreciated. The base of the Rally will be in the town of Tartu, in the east of the country.
Ciesla commented that by September the organizers and competitors will be perfectly prepared and appreciated the work done by all parties to get back to the competition.
Yves Matton, rally director of the International Federation, also praised the disposition and flexibility of all the organizers, as well as regretted that they could not find “a logistically viable solution” to relocate the Rally Argentina “despite the hard work done by the Automovil Club Argentino and all members of the organization “.