Argentina's Rally de los Alerces has been removed from the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge calendar, it has been confirmed.

The IRC had been due to go to South America in March. However due to sponsor problems this won't now happen. Instead the Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles, which joined the series for the first time in 2010, will now count as the second event of the year. The date for it had been listed as 'to be confirmed' back in December, but it will now run from April 14-16.

"Unfortunately, the organisers of Rally de los Alerces have faced difficulties with their main sponsor and were unable to confirm their position on the calendar," explained Marcello Lotti, IRC general manager. "We will continue to have dialogue with them in the hope Argentina can return to the IRC in the future.

"While it is a shame Rally de los Alerces will not be on the 2011 calendar, the scheduling of Rally Islas Canarias as the second event of the season ensures the challenge and prestige of competing in the IRC remains."

Meanwhile, two other changes have also been made to the IRC calendar for this season, with the Tour de Corse moved forward one week to May 13-15, while Mecsek Rallye in Hungary will take place on asphalt stages only having originally been set to use a combination of asphalt and gravel tests.

The revised schedule is as follows...

2011 IRC calendar:

18-22 January Rallye Monte-Carlo Monaco 11-13 March Rally de los Alerces Argentina CANCELLED
14-16 April Rally Islas Canarias Spain DATE CONFIRMED
13-15 May Tour de Corse France NEW DATE
02-04 June Prime Yalta Rally Ukraine
23-25 June Geko Ypres Rally Belgium
14-16 July Sata Rallye Acores Portugal
04-06 August Rali Vinho Madeira Portugal
26-28 August Barum Czech Rally Zlinb Czech Republic
09-11 September Mecsek Rallye Hungary
22-24 September Rallye Sanremo Italy
14-16 October RACMSA Rally of Scotland Scotland
03-05 November FxPro Cyprus Rally Cyprus

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