The FIA World Rallycross Championship has unveiled its calendar for the new season. The 2020 championship features 11 rounds including a visit to the Nurburgring in Germany and the Montalegre circuit in Portugal.
As part of changes from the 2019 calendar, the Abu Dhabi stage has been moved from being the season-opener to the penultimate round for 2020. Locations for round six and nine are yet to be revealed, with confirmation expected over the coming weeks, pending FIA World Motor Sport Council final ratification.
The 2020 WRX season begins in Barcelona and concludes in Cape Town. The World RX of Portugal, in the northern Portuguese town of Montalegre, returns following a one-year hiatus.
Spa-Francorchamps is the third event of 2020 on May 16-17, while the World RX of Germany makes its debut on August 1-2. Hell in Norway, Holjes in Sweden and Loheac in France also feature.
“We have put together a perfect blend of traditional rallycross circuits and bold new venues for 2020,” said Paul Bellamy, senior vice president of motorsports at IMG. “Last year we added Abu Dhabi and Spa-Francorchamps. Next season Nurburgring joins the family and we will have further details of the two other destinations for 2020 shortly.
In addition, the WRX has confirmed that the Euro Supercar, Super1600 classes, and the RX2 International series will continue to support world championship rounds.
Projekt E, the all-electric development series, will also debut in the 2020 season. “We are also thrilled to bring Projekt E to our rallycross portfolio as further proof of our commitment to a world which is rapidly embracing EV technologies,” added Bellamy.