WRGB 2021 Update

According to an article on the web site Dirt Fish the Ypres takes Rally GB’s slot on 2021 WRC calendar
The Belgian classic nearly made the WRC schedule last year, and it will now finally make its debut
Last year the World Rally Championship ran without a scoring round in the United Kingdom for the first time since its inception in 1973, but it is set to do so again in 2021.
Confirmation of a plan to replace the UK’s WRC round with Ypres Rally Belgium – in the same August date – is expected on Friday.
Britain’s future in the WRC has been complicated by dwindling backing from the Welsh Government in recent years. The planned Deeside-based 2020 event was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were hopes of rolling that funding into this season for one final farewell to Wales, the event’s host nation for the last two decades. Wales offered a swift and short answer to such a question: no.
Parallel to that, there has been growing support for a Belfast-based Rally Northern Ireland, funded by a three-way partnership between the Northern Ireland Executive, the Northern Ireland Office and secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport Oliver Dowden.
Despite the best efforts of organizer Bobby Willis and Westminster’s leading WRC lobbyist Ian Paisley, agreement couldn’t be found in time to bring the WRC back to Northern Ireland – especially not at a time when the public purse is being directed towards dealing with the pandemic.
While no official comment has been forthcoming from any of the parties involved, DirtFish understands discussions in Belfast are ongoing for a possible 2022 event.
Last year the World Rally Championship ran without a scoring round in the United Kingdom for the first time since its inception in 1973, but it is set to do so again in 2021.
Confirmation of a plan to replace the UK’s WRC round with Ypres Rally Belgium – in the same August date – is expected on Friday.
Britain’s future in the WRC has been complicated by dwindling backing from the Welsh Government in recent years. The planned Deeside-based 2020 event was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were hopes of rolling that funding into this season for one final farewell to Wales, the event’s host nation for the last two decades. Wales offered a swift and short answer to such a question: no.
Parallel to that, there has been growing support for a Belfast-based Rally Northern Ireland, funded by a three-way partnership between the Northern Ireland Executive, the Northern Ireland Office and secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport Oliver Dowden.
Despite the best efforts of organizer Bobby Willis and Westminster’s leading WRC lobbyist Ian Paisley, agreement couldn’t be found in time to bring the WRC back to Northern Ireland – especially not at a time when the public purse is being directed towards dealing with the pandemic.
While no official comment has been forthcoming from any of the parties involved, DirtFish understands discussions in Belfast are ongoing for a possible 2022 event.
Last year the World Rally Championship ran without a scoring round in the United Kingdom for the first time since its inception in 1973, but it is set to do so again in 2021.
Confirmation of a plan to replace the UK’s WRC round with Ypres Rally Belgium – in the same August date – is expected on Friday.
Britain’s future in the WRC has been complicated by dwindling backing from the Welsh Government in recent years. The planned Deeside-based 2020 event was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were hopes of rolling that funding into this season for one final farewell to Wales, the event’s host nation for the last two decades. Wales offered a swift and short answer to such a question: no.
Parallel to that, there has been growing support for a Belfast-based Rally Northern Ireland, funded by a three-way partnership between the Northern Ireland Executive, the Northern Ireland Office and secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport Oliver Dowden.
Despite the best efforts of organizer Bobby Willis and Westminster’s leading WRC lobbyist Ian Paisley, agreement couldn’t be found in time to bring the WRC back to Northern Ireland – especially not at a time when the public purse is being directed towards dealing with the pandemic.
While no official comment has been forthcoming from any of the parties involved, DirtFish understands discussions in Belfast are ongoing for a possible 2022 event.