The 2020 World RX calendar has been revealed
The calendar for the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship season has been released today, featuring eleven rounds, one more than in 2019.
The new calendar includes a visit to a completely new venue for rallycross, the iconic Nürburgring circuit in Germany, and a return to the Montalegre circuit in Portugal, which was out of the championship in 2019.
Locations for two of the 11 rounds will be revealed over the coming weeks, pending FIA World Motor Sport Council final ratification. UK, Canada and Latvia are not included in the calendar and some of those events probably will take free slots.
Compared to 2019, the championship will be opened at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Instead of the season-openen, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit will host the penultimate round of the championship. The season’s finale will take place again in South Africa. The contract for the World RX event in Cape Town has been extended until at least 2021. The other venues included into 2020 calendar are Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Hell (Norway), Holjes (Sweden) and Loheac (France).
The traditional FIA European Rallycross Championship classes for Supercars and Super1600 cars will continue to support world championship rounds as will the RX2 International series presented by Cooper Tires.
The 2020 season will be also the inaugural season of the all-electric rallycross development series, codenamed Projekt E, which will feature at a number of the European rounds of the world championship. Projekt E is a collaboration between IMG and Austrian company STARD (Stohl Advanced Research and Development). The calendars for Projekt E and the RX2 International Series will be released shortly.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports at IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, said: “World RX continues to flourish as our footprint grows. We have put together a perfect blend of traditional rallycross circuits and bold new venues for 2020. We are delighted to add Nurburgring to the FIA World Rallycross Championship and equally pleased to welcome back Portugal in 2020 and extend our partnership with the City of Cape Town until 2021.
“Last year we added Abu Dhabi and Spa-Francorchamps. Next season Nurburgring joins the family and we will have further details of the two other destinations for 2020 shortly. We are also thrilled to bring Projekt E, the first electric production-based motorsport series, to our rallycross portfolio as further proof of our commitment to a world which is rapidly embracing EV technologies.”