How Monza pulled off a WRC round in 60 days

The Italian federation organized three F1 races and two WRC rounds in the middle of a pandemic. There's a lot to be proud of

Adrien Fourmaux

Two World Rally Championship rounds in two months anybody? For Antonio Turitto, the answer was an inevitable yes.

The man behind Rally Italy – the Sardinia-based penultimate WRC round of the season – was the go-to guy when Italy landed the chance of hosting the finale as well.

“To organize this race in 60 days was not easy,” Turitto said, not long after saying precisely the same thing about Rally Italy in Alghero in October.

“It was an intriguing challenge. We all got together to create an innovative format and we think we satisfied everyone, putting together a high-quality rally.

“On August 28 the final organization of Rally Italy Sardinia started and ended on October 7. On October 14 we started working on Monza. It was a bit of a feat given the complexity that requires a WRC rally. In the end it was like [organizing] a new rally, with 150 circuit marshals and 400 outside on the stages, about 20 ambulances.


M-Sport World Rally Team

“All passionate and competent people, we took a Rally Italy Sardinia-style model. This is a working group formed over time that we could move to Monza.”

Turitto added that Italy’s governing body of motorsport had to take credit for its effort in lifting world motorsport out of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Automobile Club Italia has demonstrated its sporting and organizational value,” he continued. “In times of pandemic, we were able to organize, in 2020, five races between Formula 1 and WRC without any major problems, studying and finding ad hoc solutions.

“In the rallies, we Italians showed we are second to none. In just two months we have done two world rallies making this championship reach the end.

“Obviously we are proud of it.”

Words:David Evans

Photos:M-Sport World Rally Team, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH