The penultimate event on the 2021 FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar – the World RX of Portugal will move forward by one week to 16-17 October* in an attempt to maximize the spectator experience at the Circuito Internacional de Montalegre.
PHOTO CREDIT: FIA World Rallycross Championship.
A staple on the World Championship calendar from 2014 to 2018, it was announced earlier in the year that Montalegre will return this season. Following consultation with all stakeholders, Rallycross Promoter GmbH has now agreed to change the date to provide the best opportunity of welcoming as many spectators on-site as possible while ensuring everybody enjoys a spectacular show.
"The close interaction between competitors and fans is one of the key factors that makes this sport so special and unique, and we as the World Championship promoter have a duty to provide our loyal and enthusiastic audience with the very best experience that we can," Arne Dirks, Executive Director, Rallycross Promoter GmbH, said.
"We successfully trialled the return of spectators to the paddock in France last weekend, marking a significant step forward on our path back to ‘normality’, and we want to ensure that every future event is able to welcome as many fans as possible on-site to reinstate the unmistakable atmosphere for which rallycross is so renowned."
"We have consulted closely with all key parties, particularly the Circuito Internacional de Montalegre, and we are all firmly in agreement that bringing World RX of Portugal forward by a week will give us the best chance of achieving this objective."
*Subject to FIA confirmation