The vacancy in the calendar allows Belgium to hold its first WRC round, at the second attempt.
An asphalt rally had been planned for Ypres in 2020 before the pandemic took effect. This year’s three-day round is scheduled for the same location in August.
“It’s sad the WRC will not enjoy the beauty of Northern Ireland this year, but the pandemic continues to impact the global economy,” said Jona Siebel, managing director of WRC Promoter, the commercial rights holder for the championship. “Our enthusiasm for a WRC round there remains strong and we look forward to continuing our discussions for 2022.
FIA Rally Director Yves Matton said: “The 2021 calendar has been developed against the backdrop of the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and we knew we would possibly face ongoing issues in this new year.”
“Bobby Willis and his team have put in a lot of work and efforts to bring the WRC to Northern Ireland and we’re very disappointed there will be no rally in the UK this year.
“It is a chance for Ypres Rally Belgium to step in after last year’s attempt. It will showcase the DNA of rally with a route that links Ypres to Spa-Francorchamps.”