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eSports 2021: Rallye Monte-Carlo Preview

The eSports WRC 2021 season get underway this weekend* (05-08 February) with a traditional visit to the snow-capped vistas of Rallye Monte-Carlo.

The traditional season-opener takes drivers away from the city-state and deep into the French hills surrounding the Principality. Given the time of the year, drivers need to be prepared for any eventuality when it comes to weather, with snow expected on some stages.

The first of the weekend's two challenges is an attack on the 6.6km Luceram Reverse at a modest altitude of 300m. However, the second stage - La Bolléne-Vesuby could be an altogether different challenge, climbing up 1086m. Drivers will encounter multiple switchbacks and narrow mountain passes, with the stage covering more than 21km.

Izamusing returns to Rallye Monte-Carlo as defending winner, having surprised a number of more seasoned competitors on his debut, back in January 2020. Another turning heads was Sami-Joe (finishing third, behind Nexl), who will have a much bigger target on his back this time out.

In a move away from previous seasons, drivers will this year have until 12:00 CET on the Monday following each round to set their quickest time, with the winner announcement coming soon after. 

The 2020 eSports WRC Championship presented by Toyota Gazoo Racing is open to all players of WRC 9.

Check out a preview of this year's stage below with FIA Junior WRC driver Ruari Bell guiding you through the stages.

*This round had previously been scheduled for 15-18 January, but was moved following technical issues.

Luceran Reverse Preview

La Bolléne-Vesuby preview

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