CatalunyaRX returns in July: The seventh edition of the World RX of Catalunya-Barcelona will be held on July 23 and 24, in an evening edition.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship, which begins a new stage with the WRC promoter, today unveiled the calendar for the 2021 season.
CatalunyaRX returns in July. After an atypical year in all senses and in all areas, little by little it is returning to normal, also in sports events and competitions. Specifically, the FIA World Rallycross Championship today presented the calendar for the 2021 season that will begin in mid-June and end in October, with the Catalunya RX test on July 23 and 24 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya .
The general director of WRC Promoter, Jona Siebel, explained that “We’ve made a strategic decision to start midway through the year to give organisers every possible opportunity to open their doors to fans in these challenging Covid-19 times”.
New bet with afternoon edition
The World RX of Catalunya 2021 arrives with a new proposal that hopes to attract the attention of the local but also international public (provided that the sanitary measures approve it), which will allow combining the enjoyment of RX with the attractiveness of Barcelona and its surroundings in summer. Catalunya RX 2021 will be held in a Friday afternoon and Saturday format, in order to get away from the high mid-day Mediterranean temperatures and concentrate the afternoon-night activity.
The Catalunya RX 2021 will be the 3rd round of the championship and will feature events in the World RX1, RX2e and RX4 categories (1 = previous World Supercars and 4 = Euro Super1600). These nomenclatures are one of the first changes that the new international promoter of the championship has introduced.
In this way, the test that lands for the seventh consecutive year at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will have, in addition to the world category of supercars, a round of the new electric category (RX2e) – a vehicle that was tested during the last edition del Catalunya RX – and a Super1600 championship round.
The WRC promoter ready for the WRX
The WRC promoter will be in charge of running the FIA World Rallycross Championship for the next few years. It is clear that starting in a year in the middle of a pandemic is not the best way to start a project, but the promoter is determined to keep Rallycross growing.
It will be a year of impasse due to the restrictions that are still in force in many countries due to Covid-19, but the objective is to keep the championship alive so that in 2022 it can take a leap forward with the change to the RX1e electrical category. In 2022 we will be able to enjoy 500kW cars, which are prepared to be the fastest in competition in the world and will demonstrate the great possibilities of electric vehicles.
That is why this 2021 the World Championship will stop in 7 different countries, all of them in Europe, with the objectives of complying with health protocols and travel restrictions due to Covid-19, reducing costs for teams after a very complicated year and that the maximum possible participation can be counted on, as well as laying the foundations for the new project.