The ‘new normal’ arrives at the World Rally Championship. After a long journey through the desert in which the presence of the public has been prohibited due to sanitary restrictions, the third appointment of the season, newcomer Rally Croatia has announced that it wants spectators in its gutters. In contrast, next week at the Arctic Rally Finland the police will use drones to make sure there are no fans on the stages.
Rally Croatia is new on the calendar. It will be held from April 22 to 25 with the epicenter in the city of Zagreb and a route of 22 asphalt sections. An unknown terrain for all in which it is very likely that Borja Rozada makes his debut to the right of Dani Sordo in the official Hyundai. And they will have the joy of having fans on the stages, something that surely makes the Cantabrian rider happy, who assured in Monte Carlo that “It is very rare not to see people on the stages. We miss them”.
Croatia will be the first meeting with the public since Estonia was allowed to attend for the last time in September of last year, although with limited capacity. Since then, tests in Turkey, Sardinia, Monza and Monte Carlo have banned spectators due to the health situation. Y in Croatia they are still waiting to see how the pandemic evolves to give definitive carte blanche to their intentions.
Conversely, next week the second round of the World Cup will be held in Finland, the Arctic Rally, and the local Rovaniemi police have already announced that they will use drones and snowmobiles to ensure that no spectators enter the route. With a bit of luck, and if the evolution of the pandemic allows it, it will be the last rally behind closed doors.