WRC Promoter insists Monza will go ahead

Planning for the event is unchanged by current pandemic concerns


WRC Promoter has moved to quell speculation surrounding the running of ACI Rally Monza, the final round of this year’s World Rally Championship.

The promoter has confirmed preparations for the northern Italian event continue, with shakedown planned for a fortnight today (Thursday), in the face of the current coronavirus pandemic.

The promoter said: “All necessary planning for ACI Rally Monza is continuing at full pace. The current Prime Ministerial decree for Covid restrictions, that is in place in Italy until December 3, continues to allow professional sport to take place in Italy behind closed doors and all planning for ACI Rally Monza has always been conducted under these known regulations.

“The event is fully compliant with the decree and ready to take place.

“FIA and WRC Promoter representatives made a scheduled visit to Monza on Tuesday of this week and have reported back on highest-level progress by the ACI (Automobile Club Italia – Italian governing body of motorsport) team for a safe and successful event to take place and provide a fitting end to the 2020 FIA WRC season.”

With one day remaining before entries close for the circuit-based December 3-6 event, Hyundai confirmed Dani Sordo would run its third i20 Coupe WRC.

Toyota Gazoo Racing and M-Sport are expected to run their usual crews, with Takamoto Katsuta driving a fourth Yaris WRC and Gus Greensmith piloting M-Sport’s third Ford Fiesta WRC.