Despite some European countries like the UK remaining under lockdown, and COVID-19 measures varying from country to country, European rally season is about to begin with Andalucia Rally May 12-16. A Road to Dakar event organized by the ASO and ODC, Andalucia Rally will have one prologue day and four days of racing across Andalucian terrain. Organizers say the stages will vary from 200 to 300 km per day, and the bivouac will remain at a fixed point during the entire rally at the Hacienda El Rosalejo. Each stage will be a loop starting and finishing at the bivouac. Last year, Andalucia Rally attracted names like Ricky Brabec, Toby Price, Matthias Walkner, Sam Sunderland, and all the other Dakar stars.
After Andalucia, next up is Hellas Rally Raid, one of the biggest amateur rally races in Europe scheduled to start in just a little under a month. According to organizer Meletis Stamatis, 230 competitors in the motorcycle, SSV, and quad categories have confirmed participation, and the event will begin on the 23d of May in Nafpaktos, Greece.
Promising seven days of racing over 2,000 kilometers over rough Greek terrain, Hellas still offers open entries to those wanting to race, even if it’s last-minute.
After Hellas, there’s the Dinaric Rally in August (17-22) in Knin, Croatia, introducing roadbook navigation in its second edition and promising five days of racing. Finally, in September (5-11), there’s Greece Rally (formerly Serres), an event similar to Hellas but promising more gnarly and technical terrain, followed by 1000 Dunas, an European – North African rally race following the route Granada – Merzouga – Granada.
With all of these events still scheduled to go ahead, the European rally season of 2021 is looking much better than last year.
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