WRC calendar confirmed, Monte Carlo returns

Monte Carlo returns to the World Rally Championship, Italy also gets a place on the 2012 schedule, but Abu Dhabi is dropped; Britain gets a September slot.

The Rallye Monte Carlo is to return to the World Rally Championship in 2012, it has been announced today following a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Barcelona, Spain.

Thirteen rounds were confirmed and in addition to Monte Carlo gaining a slot, Italy has also got a date.

There is no room for Abu Dhabi however, which had been included on the provisional schedule back in April – subject to the 'approval of the event business plan and format' [see separate story - click here]. Abu Dhabi has though been 'invited to submit a proposal to run a candidate event for possible future inclusion in the series'.

Britain's slot meanwhile, which was also subject to the approval of an event business plan and format a few months ago, is now permanent. The event though moves from being the traditional season closer to a date in September, a position it last held back in 2005.

The full schedule is as follows:

2012 FIA World Rally Championship - calendar#:

January 22 Monte Carlo
February 12 Sweden
March 11 Mexico
April 1 Portugal
April 29 Argentina
May 27 or June 3 Greece*
June 24 New Zealand
August 5 Finland
August 26 Germany
September 16 Britain
October 7 France
October TBA Italy*
November 4 Spain

* denotes dates subject to confirmation

# Note: The date given is the Sunday of the rally weekend. Itineraries are however subject to final confirmation by event organisers.

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June 03, 2011 6:54 PM

All very well & good but I hope that this does not impact on the great job that the event organisers, IRC & Eurosport have done bringing the event back to what it was & should be. North West One coverage of the wrc is pretty bland to say the least. The wrc was much better better in the days of Eurosport covering it. At least we saw much more of the competitors from the outside of the cars rather than the boring in car footage that we are subjected to via MotorsTV provided by North West One production. A few more competitors in with a chance of challenging might also help? Your Thoughts?

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