Tuesday | 26 Oct 2021

Excitement builds following 2022 calendar announcement

Thirteen rallies and one surprise still to come. The recent reveal of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship calendar has provided the perfect blend of cornerstone classics with a fantastic, forward-looking new world order.

Starting out of Monte-Carlo’s Casino Square is the very definition of a cornerstone – the WRC wouldn’t be the WRC without the wave of principality chic to send the crews off to do battle in the surrounding mountains.

Round two is a mix of old and new. Sweden we know of old, but Umeå is all-new. The nation’s northern city will provide the sort of icy blast the series needs from what’s going to be a true winter classic. 

Croatia was a WRC smash hit last season and the roads running through the hills around Zagreb will provide another fine spectacle. Portugal and Italy provide a fine and familiar backbone to the calendar with Kenya chasing a spectacular follow-up to its stunning return last season. 

Who can forget the building excitement which accompanied a typically African Saturday rainstorm? More of the same in 2022? You bet.

The Safari is the first of three rounds outside Europe planned for next season. The other two are both well-known from season’s past. Rally New Zealand anybody?

Yes. Please. 

The chance to be back in the Land of the Long White Cloud for the first time in a decade is something to excite rally fans around the world. And the drivers too. 

And it’s the same for the flyaway season closer in Japan. The Far East will provide a fitting finale to what’s sure to be a thriller of a first year for the all-new hybrid Rally1 cars.

But before we get to Asia, we’ve got a pair of flat chat speed festivals to look forward to, with Estonia and Finland. Acropolis Rally of Gods provides the alternative gravel test of driving quickly slowly, while a final European round through the hills of Tarragona will be as popular as ever in Spain.

Keep your eyes peeled for confirmation of the last round to be confirmed. It goes without saying, you won’t be disappointed. 

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