FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP CONFIRMS REVISED 2021 CALENDAR AS MONTALEGRE RETURNS
The FIA World Rallycross Championship has today issued a revised schedule for its 2021 campaign, which will now begin in Barcelona and incorporate eight rounds across seven events throughout Europe, concluding at Montalegre in Portugal.
- Eight rounds at seven venues will determine 2021 title fight
- Barcelona curtain-raiser to adopt new evening format
- Höljes moves to August slot in hope of welcoming fans
- Popular Portuguese circuit Montalegre to stage season finale
The challenges of the ongoing pandemic have required Rallycross Promoter GmbH to adopt a flexible and agile approach to respond to an ever-changing global situation. Following close consultation with event organisers and the relevant authorities in each of the host countries, an updated calendar has been put together that not only visits some of the best rallycross tracks in the world, but also maximises the likelihood of welcoming fans on-site where possible.
The action will begin in Spain at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 23-24 July, with a Friday/Saturday evening format for the season curtain-raiser. This will be followed in quick succession by a double-header at Germany’s Nürburgring (31 July – 1 August), nestled in the forests of the Eifel mountains. A new addition to the World RX schedule, the rallycross track will be based around the Müllenbachschleife amphitheatre section of the illustrious circuit.
The racing will then move on to one of the discipline’s most iconic venues – Höljes in Sweden on 20-22 August. Originally slated to take place seven weeks earlier, the event has been delayed in the hope of being able to accommodate a limited number of fans. Two weeks later, the championship will travel to another rallycross favourite – Lohéac in France on 3-5 September.
The next stop will be in Latvia at Riga’s Biķernieki National Sports base on 18-19 September, before drivers and teams go wheel-to-wheel at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 9-10 October. The legendary Ardennes circuit staged its inaugural World RX race weekend in 2019, immediately winning the hearts of competitors and fans alike.
The final round of the campaign will take place on 23-24 October at Portugal’s historic Montalegre track, located high up in the Vila Real mountains. A staple on the World Championship calendar from 2014 to 2018, Montalegre – whose undulating layout and unpredictable weather has produced many breath-taking battles over the years – makes a welcome return this season.
Montalegre replaces Hell in Norway, which has unfortunately had to be cancelled this season. Earnest efforts were made by all parties to reach a resolution, but strict border restrictions and the lack of a suitable alternative date made it impossible to hold the event in 2021.