ARC 2021 event dates locked in

The 2021 Motorsport Australia Rally Championship calendar has been all but finalised

The final three rounds of next year’s RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship have been all but locked in.

Following last month’s announcement of the first three rounds, dates have been announced for the latter half of the calendar and locations for two of those rounds.

The brand-new Gippsland Rally in Victoria will form Round 4 of the 2021 season on August 7-8, followed by the AGI Sport Adelaide Hills Rally on October 16-17.

Round 6 on November 20-21 will also be the finale of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship at a location yet to be confirmed.

Furthermore, the Adelaide Hills Rally will serve as a qualifying event for Asia Pacific competition in that finale.

Those events will follow February’s pre-season test in Ballarat, March’s Netier National Capital Rally, May’s Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Western Australia, and June’s Rally Tasmania.

This year’s Motorsport Australia Rally Championship did not go ahead, with a series of cup competitions organised in its place, due to COVID-19 restrictions including internal border closures.

“The RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship will go to new heights in 2021 and we’re delighted to confirm our calendar for next year,” said Motorsport Australia’s Director of Motorsport and Commercial Operations, Michael Smith.

“As this year’s Championship could not be awarded, we know the hunger and excitement levels for 2021 among competitors will be off the charts.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from some familiar names, as well as some new rally drivers keen to test themselves at the national level.

“We’re also really excited to have a Victorian round back on the calendar, with the new Gippsland Rally to take place in August. This event will be a welcome addition to the calendar, joining our established and popular events around the country.

“On behalf of everyone at Motorsport Australia, I’d like to thank our partners RSEA Safety and Hoosier for their support during 2020 and of course to our event organisers for their tireless work as we prepare for 2021.”

Motorsport Australia Rally Championship 2021 calendar

Rnd Event Date
Test Pre-season test day: Ballarat Feb 16
1 Netier National Capital Rally Mar 20-21
2 Make Smoking History Forest Rally May 1-2
3 Rally Tasmania Jun 26-27
4 Gippsland Rally Aug 7-8
5 AGI Sport Adelaide Hills Rally Oct 16-17
6 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship Finale (Location TBC) Nov 20-21

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