The World Rally Championship (WRC) has announced its full 2021 calendar, featuring 12 rallies including a first ever WRC events for Rally Croatia and Ypres, a long-awaited return to Kenya for the Safari Rally and no date for Britain for the first time since 1996.
The tenth round of the WRC, first due to take place in Chile, will now move to Acropolis, from 9th-12th September. It returns to the WRC docket for the first time since 2013 and should be a regular going forward, with organisers citing a ‘multi-year’ agreement.
Acropolis is a staple in the history of the WRC, first appearing in the Championship’s inaugural 1973 running, with 38 rallies held there over the years. Details of the route for 2021 are still to be finalised.
“The Acropolis holds an illustrious chapter in WRC history and we appreciate the Greek government’s huge commitment in restoring it to world rallying’s top table,” said WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel.
“Its heritage will be recalled by all, but at the same time, this is a modern-era Acropolis that sits comfortably alongside our other eleven rounds. That doesn’t mean its challenge is diminished and we can be sure the tough mountain roads will bring the sternest of contests.”
“We are delighted to be able to fulfil our promise to the Greek people and the hundreds of thousands of motorsport fans worldwide,” said Lefteris Avgenakis, Greece’s Deputy Minister for Sports.
“Greece is ready to welcome fans from all around the world in September and prove that it will be a major player in international events again.”
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