Eight weeks on from the season-opening winter rounds, the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship resumes with another brand-new event as the Croatia Rally makes its debut on the global stage.
The FIA World Rally Championship will stage its most northerly round ever this week when the Arctic Rally Finland hosts the series for the first time. Taking the place of the cancelled Rally Sweden as the season’s only pure winter event, it promises perfect ice and snow conditions as well as stunning scenery. And while the weather is certain to be cold, the competition is likely to be as hot as ever.
While NASCAR spent the weekend fighting the rain in Daytona Beach, across the pond in Finland some of the world’s best rally drivers were sending their machines through corners on snow. With the Arctic Rally Finland coming up shortly, the Otepää Winter Rally was held on Saturday as a tune-up event for any competitors willing to give the race a go. Participants conquered 52.5 miles of roads covered in snow throughout the course.
The World Rally Championship (WRC) has announced its full 2021 calendar, featuring 12 rallies including a first ever WRC events for Rally Croatia and Ypres, a long-awaited return to Kenya for the Safari Rally and no date for Britain for the first time since 1996.
It’s been just six weeks since Sébastien Ogier clinched his seventh FIA World Rally Championship title in a dramatic final-round showdown with his Toyota team-mate Elfyn Evans at Rally Monza. Now, Ogier will begin the defence of his crown in the French Alps at the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo – the opening round of the 2021 season.
Gap, January 22, 2020 A new-look cast of teams and drivers will assemble in Monaco this week for Rallye Monte-Carlo: the traditional curtain-raiser to the World Rally Championship season. With newly-crowned king of world rallying Ott Tänak now at Hyundai and the six-time champion Sébastien Ogier taking his place at Toyota, both will have to get to grips with their new machinery on a rally where grip can be notoriously tough to find at the best of times. Can Ogier take his seventh straight Monte win in a fourth different…
Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia, testing ahead of the 2019 season Torsby, February 12, 2019 The snow-covered forests of Sweden are the scene for round two of the World Rally Championship season: eagerly-anticipated since the thrilling start to the year on Rallye Monte-Carlo, where Sébastien Ogier held off Thierry Neuville in a final-stage showdown. Buckle up for one of the most spectacular events in the whole of motorsport, brought to you with coverage throughout the weekend on redbull.tv/wrc or via the Red Bull TV app. There’s no business like snow business * Incredibly, the…