One of the first pieces of motor racing action this year is set to take place later this week where hopefully the World Rally Championship (WRC) will commence its 2021 season.
The first event on the WRC’s 2021 schedule is the Monte Carlo Rally. The event was won by Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul last season, driving for Hyundai. They finished ahead of Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, while third was Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin.
Prior to Neuville’s win, Ogier had won six in succession and enters the 2021 edition still tied with countryman Sebastien Loeb on seven Monte Carlo Rally victories. Ogier is also the reigning drivers’ champion, having pipped Evans to the 2020 title.
Last season the series managed to contest seven events across six different countries as it, like other racing series, adapted in the wake of the global pandemic. 2021 sees the series, at the time of writing, attempt to contest 12 events starting with this week’s Monte Carlo Rally.