Rally Estonia organizers unveil full course for September's event

Rally Estonia 2020 Karste speed test new section of road waiting for so-called 'maturation'.
Rally Estonia 2020 Karste speed test new section of road waiting for so-called 'maturation'. Source: Private collection

Rally Estonia organizers have announced the route of the race, Estonia's first ever full World Rally Championship (WRC) stage. The three-day event will see a 232.64-kilometer course.

The rally runs September 4-6, starting near Tartu with a short speed test of 1.28 km at Raadi airfield, a former air base. A 6.23-kilometer shakedown stage is also to take place in Abissaare, Põlva County, ahead of the main event, ERR's online sports portal reports.

After much discussion, Rally Estonia and the WRC announced that the event would go ahead early on this month, making it the first event in the calendar – shortened to eight stages from the planned 13 – since the coronavirus pandemic began.

16,000 spectator passes for the race are to be on sale in August.

Saturday, the first full day will see the longest speed test, the 20.23-kilometer Prangli stage (Põlva County), followed by the Kanepi (also in Põlva County) speed test (16.89 km).

A short break is followed by a stage in Otepää, Valga County (9.6 km), then at Mäeküla, Järva County (14.76 km) and Elva, Tartu County (11.72 km).

A maintenance test follows, after which the previous tests are run again.

The final day, Sunday September 6, brings the Arula, Valga County (6.97 km) and Kaagvere, Tartu County, speed tests (15.46 km) and the Kambja TV test (20.05 km).

There is no maintenance break on the last day of the competition, meaning the tests are performed a second time immediately after the first outings. 

The winners' podium will be at Raadi airfield.

Estonia's Ott Tänak is reigning WRC drivers' champion in a calendar blighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

As reported on ERR News, 26 kilometers of southern Estonian roads are to be upgraded for the event.

Three races have so far been contested in the 2020 WRC season, with six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier of France currently topping the drivers' table for Toyota.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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