Eurosport Events, the promoter of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, has announced the calendar for the 2010 season, featuring twelve events across Europe and South America.

For the second season in a row, the campaign will start with Rallye Monte Carlo - which will feature extensive live TV coverage as recently announced by series bosses.

The calendar, which contains a mix of asphalt and gravel events as well as two mixed-surface rallies, will also contain three new events, with Argentina, Sardinia and Cyprus all joining the fold.

"This exciting calendar reflects the increasing status of IRC in world motorsport, with more and more prestigious events joining our series," G?raldine Filiol, Managing Director of Eurosport Events said. "We have taken a number of major steps forward with high levels for both competition and ground-breaking live TV coverage. This contributes to the spectacular rise in the profile of the series.

"For 2010, we are embarking on our most ambitious season yet: not only do we start the season with the legendary Monte Carlo Rally with fully 14 hours of live action, but we will extend this innovative live television production to four other events across the year, to provide unrivalled access for fans and great value to competitors and commercial partners."

2010 IRC calendar: *

19-23 Jan Rallye Monte Carlo
4-6 March Rally Curitiba
19-21 March Rally Argentina **
4-6 June Rally d'Italia Sardegna
24-26 June Belgium Ypres Rally
15-17 July Sata Rally Azores
5-7 Aug Rally Vinho Madeira
27-29 Aug Barum Czech Rally Zlin
9-11 Sept Rally Principe de Asturias
23-25 Sept Rallye Sanremo
14-16 Oct Rally of Scotland
4-6 Nov FxPro Cyprus Rally

* subject to FIA approval
** subject to commercial agreement with event promoter