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Monza hosting the World Rally Championship finals

By Josh Nevett

Italy will host the finale of the World Rally Championship for the second consecutive season, and Rally Monza will complete the 2021 season.

The asphalt rally will be held from November 19th to 21st at the Monza circuit near Milan.

Rally Monza will be the 12th final round of the year after the reorganization of the schedule by COVID-19.

The event in Northern Italy will replace Rally Japan, which was canceled last week due to the continued impact of the pandemic in Asian countries.

Taking advantage of the Monza circuit sections such as Michele Alboreto, Lesmo and Kurva Grande, the next season deciding factor will also include the mountain public road stage north of the circuit.

The WRC has already held a round in Italy this season in June, when the gravel-based Rally Italia Sardegna formed the fifth round of the championship and championship leader Sebastien Ogier won.

Jonathan Sibel, managing director of the WRC promoter, believed that the rally would be a climax for the 2021 competition.

“At last year’s rally, there was a lot of thrills and spills when winter conditions played a decisive role,” said Siebel.

“This year’s event will take place early, but the’Temple of Speed’, linked to the steep roads at the foot of the Alps, ensures that the action is equally breathtaking.

“We are clearly very disappointed that Rally Japan has been canceled for unavoidable reasons as a result of hard work.

Similarly, we thank ACI for its commitment to step back in with a rush notice to provide the finale for the WRC season.

“We are committed to returning to Japan in 2022, which we are confident that the conditions will allow.”

FIA rally director Yves Matton mourned the defeat of the Japanese event, but was confident that Monza could justify the opportunity.

“The cancellation of Rally Japan by Covid-19 is clearly very disappointing and another tough blow for the organizers who worked hard without a second year reward,” Matton said.

“ACI Rally Monza intervened very late last season, yet the organizers were able to offer a powerful and innovative event around the iconic circuit.

“ACI (Automobile Club d’Italia) President Angelo Sticchi Damiani and his team have shown that they have everything they need to attend a top-class WRC event.

“It’s very positive news to rely on their commitment and professionalism to host the Championship Finale again this year.”

Seven-time champion Ogier is currently leading the field with 180 points ahead of Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville, with three events remaining in Finland, Spain and Italy.

Young star Kalle Rovanpera also finished fourth with two groundbreaking wins from the last three starts.

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