Rallying done for the day, a long glass of Malbec and a plate full of Bife de lomo is one of the season’s highlights. Jan ‘20 16. Given the ban on testing on longhaul rallies, it’s going to be fascinating to see who can make a World Rally Car tailored to the demands of Europe’s fast gravel work in the African dirt. Finland – or the 1000 Lakes as it was known previously – is always the fastest round of the season, Ott Tänak managed a 76mph average for last year’s 200-odd mile route. 23.01. That’s enough altitude to leave your average World Rally Car gasping for sufficient breath to feed a turbocharger’s appetite for oxygen. The 2020 championship was due to be contested over thirteen rounds in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America and Oceania, but the calendar had been reduced to seven rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the days of racing along open roads, through towns, with only an overflying helicopter to keep you safe are gone. The 2020 Junior World Rally Championship calendar consists of five events taken from the 2020 World Rally Championship. At best, this is a winter wonderland; a rally touched by absolute magic. It worked. And Sanremo, in turn, meant two things: the asphalt stages in the Ligurian mountains behind the town itself and the trip around the coast to gravel roads which thread their way between achingly beautiful Tuscan towns like San Gimignano and Montalcino. The goal of the promoters is to now continue to monitor as best it can with the evolving situation around the pandemic and the Government restrictions.

FIA announces changes to the 2020 World Rally Championship calendar. The days of five days and four nights of driving taking crews up and down Britain through ‘killer Kielder’ and ‘grizzly Grizedale’ are long gone. Where else would Petter Solberg have been greeted by a man wearing a hat modelled so ridiculously precisely on the 2004 Subaru the Norwegian drove to victory in this proud nation’s maiden WRC counter?

The season’s final returning classic. Stages like the mind-bendingly twisty, junction-ladden Panzerplatte – which contains approximately 1.27 million grip changes – will be fabulously entertaining for you and I, but a shocker for the boys and girls sitting on the startline. What we’ve got this year, in terms of competitive distance, is a Safari in the shadow of its former self. 1. The difference here is that Salou in mid-autumn is a very different prospect to Saarland. Sign up today and be the first to know about special offers, exclusive products and more!