Sure, on this COVID-19 world the ultimate spherical of the World Rally Championship has discovered itself not in someplace boiling sizzling and dusty like Australia or Spain, and even on the muddy roads of Wales for Rally GB. The WRC occasion has truly descended on Milan, or quite the royal park at Monza.
This can be a very completely different Monza to the one you might be used to. Sure the high-speed lengthy straights are nonetheless there, sure the Parabolica, Curva Grande and co are nonetheless fearsome challenges. However it’s not a baking sizzling August day, in actual fact it’s snowy, foggy and the start of winter.
This video is the complete shakedown from at the moment (3rd December) because the automobiles took to the observe for the primary time. A number of phases can be run round Monza itself, together with utilizing the interior roads and the oval, with extra out and about within the mountains. Situations have grow to be so treacherous that Michelin has introduced particular snow rubber for this occasion.
Simply to display that it will be a tricky weekend, Elfyn Evans – present championship chief – spins and damages his Toyota Yaris nearly instantly. However the sight of the automobiles in fog and snow, taking components of this iconic circuit in reverse are some components weird, however most components superior.
As a recap, that is the ultimate spherical of the shortened 2020 season, and 4 drivers can nonetheless declare the crown. Present champion Ott Tänak has a really outdoors likelihood (needing the opposite three to retire and to win each rally and powerstage) whereas team-mate Thierry Neuville – runner-up three seasons in a row – additionally has an small likelihood at victory.
The principle contenders although are Toyota pair Elfyn Evans and six-time champ Sébastien Ogier. Ogier might declare a seventh crown if he wins and Evans finishes no larger than fifth, however victory or fourth or above would make Evans solely the second British WRC Champ in historical past. Amazingly contemplating the nation’s rallying pedigree, he would even be the primary ever Welsh champion.
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