Rally Japan has hosted the promotional event “GO TO Rally Japan 2021” in Nagoya City on 21 November and announced the outline of the “FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Rally Japan 2021” which will take place in November next year. The winner’s trophies were also unveiled.
At the beginning of the event held at MITSUKOSHImae-HIROBAs, located in Sakae, Nagoya City, Koji Takahashi, Chairman of Rally Japan Executive Committee, revealed that Rally Japan 2021 would follow the basic plan of the cancelled event which was scheduled this year. The ceremonial start will be on Thursday 11 November in Nagoya City. The competition of the rally will take place for three days starting from Friday to Sunday (12-14 November) in both Aichi and Gifu Prefectures. Special Stages will be set in Okazaki, Toyota, Shinshiro, Nagakute Cities and Shitara Town of Aichi, and Ena and Nakatsugawa Cities of Gifu. Also, the main venue of the event was announced to be at Ai Chikyu-haku Memorial Park (commonly known as Morikoro Park) in Nagakute City, the satellite venue at Okazaki Central Park in Okazaki City, and Rally Headquarters and Service Park at Toyota Stadium in Toyota City.
After Mr. Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, expressed his expectations on the upcoming event, Chairman Takahashi and Governor Ohmura unveiled the winning trophies of Rally Japan 2021 for the first time. There are two types of trophies and are conscious of Japan; both have red as an accent colour on white base. One is for the winning driver, and the other the winning manufacturer. WRC driver’s trophy is 57cm high and weighs 4kg, which has the same specifications of the one for the winning co-driver. The manufacturer’s trophy is 38cm high and weighs 4kg. The trophies are made of porcelain by Noritake, one of Japan’s leading international brands.
At GO TO Rally Japan 2021, a replica of the current World Rally Car Yaris, and famous cars from the past were displayed so that the visitors can see and feel the actual history of WRC. There are also various PR kiosks, stage shows, and venders of foods and beverages from WRC related countries. Many visitors stopped to enjoy the attraction of Rally Japan while taking measures against COVID-19.
Koji Takahashi, Chairman of Rally Japan 2020 Executive Committee, commented:
“With the cooperation of the host municipalities, we will try to organize a great event. In that way, more people can watch Rally Japan, experience the real charm of the rally, and enjoy the thrill that the international event will bring. We promise to make next year’s event a success with the understanding and support of everyone.”
Hideaki Ohmura, Governor of Aichi, commented:
“Motorsport is a part of the culture of automobiles. We want to boost motorsport from Aichi Prefecture, where is the centre of the world largest automobile industry. As I think there is such a mission, I would like to liven up Rally Japan 2021 with everyone.”