Rally Estonia 2020 makes history by becoming the first round of the FIA World Rally Championship to be run in Estonia. Estonia will become the 33rd country in the world to host a round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Rally Estonia, a round of the WRC, will be held 4-6 September 2020.
Historic Rally Estonia is held on the roads of Tartu, Otepää, Elva, Kanepi and Kambja municipalities. The centre of the rally is the Estonian National Museum in Tartu, where the podium, rally HQ, service park and press centre are located.
The WRC Rally Estonia will be held in accordance with all the requirements of the COVID-19 situation. The memorandum of understanding states that the Estonian Government will form a special committee for the purpose of minimising the risk of coronavirus at Rally Estonia. The committee consists of representatives from the Estonian Rescue Board, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, Estonian Road Administration, Estonian Health Board, State Forest Management Centre and the Ministry of Interior. WRC Promoter and the FIA will contribute their international know-how on the matter.
Read on to hear what a few key figures surrounding Rally Estonia 2020 have to say.
Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia: "With this step, Estonia once again confirms its position in the world of rallying: in addition to being the homeland of the World Champions, today Estonia has become an organiser of a World Rally Championship event. This is more than a unique opportunity to organise a global sport event in Estonia. Having a FIA World Rally Championship round in Estonia introduces our country in the world and contributes to our economy and regional development. Additionally, this has a positive impact to Estonian motorsport and its development. I acknowledge and congratulate the Rally Estonia team, their partners, local municipalities and WRC Promoter! Their joint effort and actions have contributed to the fact that in September the Estonian people can cheer the reigning World Champions in their title chase on their home roads."
Tõnis Lukas, Minister of Culture: "I'm impressed by the effort of the organisers who have built Rally Estonia year by year to make it a top-level event in the world. The first official round of the World Rally Championship in Estonia is excellent proof of it. This is the biggest sport event after Estonia regained independence. The images from our beautiful country and its nature and cultural attractions will attract more than 150 million viewers worldwide in television and internet."