The FIA World Rally Championship announced on Friday that the 2020 season will conclude with the Rally Monza based on the Autodromo Nazional Monza race circuit which of course plays host to the Italian Formula One Grand Prix.
The event will take place from December 4-6. Speaking about the news, WRC promoter Managing Director Jona Siebel said:
As the final round of the championship, there’s a strong chance both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ WRC titles could go right down to the wire on Monza’s roads.
“The WRC prides itself on rewarding rallying’s best all-round driver across multiple terrains and varied conditions. This type of rally is rare in our championship but will provide a thrilling finale to an unpredictable year,”
FIA Director Yves Matton commented saying:
In the current situation, we’re developing new approaches and ACI Rally Monza Italia is a great illustration of this. It’s the marriage of an iconic circuit event and more traditional rally stages in the nearby countryside.
“This new concept could eventually help bring the WRC to countries or regions where new formats are required.”
“It has required a great deal of flexibility from ACI and its President Angelo Sticchi Damiani to bring this new event to the calendar at such a late stage and I would like to thank them for their great commitment and professionalism,”
Angelo Sticch Damiani, President of Automobile Club Italia commented saying:
For Automobile Club d’Italia it will be another commitment during a season where we were the protagonists in all the major sports events.
“Our discussions with WRC Promoter have also led to it being considered as a contingency event for 2021.
“The event in the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the ‘Temple of Speed’, will be great for the series. It will be an incredible show and a unique experience for car and tyre manufacturers, teams, drivers and all the other protagonists of a high-quality WRC event,