WRC promo rally confirmed

Next year’s WRC Promotional Rally in Estonia will be held on 24 - 26 July and will again form a key part of teams’ preparations for the following month’s fixture in Finland.

Shell Helix Rally Estonia celebrates its 10th edition in 2020 and its second as a WRC Promotional Rally following the huge success of the inaugural event this year. The action will again be fought out on the roads of Tartu, Otepää, Elva, Kanepi and Kambja.

The non-championship rally will slot into the WRC calendar a week after Kenya’s Safari Rally (16 - 19 July), round eight of the series, and two weeks ahead of the following fixture at Neste Rally Finland (6 - 9 August).

Rally Estonia director Urmo Aava admitted options for the 2020 date were limited.

“There were not so many choices because we see Shell Helix Rally Estonia as a test before Rally Finland and we have witnessed that the drivers who have started in Estonia have been fast in Finland.

“We have spoken with the teams about the dates too and received the feedback that those are the best possible dates for Shell Helix Rally Estonia,” he explained.

All four WRC manufacturer teams attended this year’s rally, the biggest autosport event in the Baltics. It was was won by Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja, three weeks ahead of their victory in Finland.

The rally attracted more than 52,000 fans, a 25 per cent rise on 2018. More than 100 countries screened the event on television and it also proved a big hit on social media, with 25.8 million impressions and 2.7 million video views on WRC and event channels.

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