The FIA Junior World Rally Championship will now end its 2020 season with Rally Monza following the cancellation of the Ypres Rally last week.
The news means that four rallies will decided this year’s series due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the season finale will offer 1.5x the normal points for those who have participated in at least two of the previous rounds of the championship this year.
At the same time, the drivers who have started in all the rounds this year will also be able to drop their worst result of the year, despite only four being held in 2020.
However, the points for stage wins still count from each of the rounds and this sets up a fascinating title scrap between Tom Kristensson and Martins Sesks going into the final round of the year with only ten points splitting the pair.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure the 2020 FIA Junior WRC Championship will compete on four rounds this season. I need to thank everybody at ACI, FIA and WRC Promoter for working very hard and quickly to allow us to continue the championship, especially while we have a very exciting fight between our top-three competitors.” Maciej Woda, FIA Junior WRC Team Director, said on the news.
“ACI Rally Monza promises to be a very special event that I think will go down in history, it will be an event, I believe, the championship will look back on with very fond memories as it really is the opportunity of a lifetime for everybody involved. Despite the event being just over a month away, we are all working hard to be ready for the ultimate battle.”
“Finally, I just want to add I am very sorry about the cancellation of Rally Ypres Belgium. It is not what anybody wanted to happen but given the circumstances, the organisers made a very difficult but correct decision. We need to remember that people’s health and safety is the top priority wherever we go.”