has met organisers of rallies on the existing European Rally Championship and Intercontinental Rally Challenge schedules to submit a provisional calendar to the FIA for the 2013 FIA ERC season.
With 21 rallies aiming for the 13 available slots, the promoter set out to deliver a calendar that appeals to teams and drivers, without any clashes of dates with the FIA World Rally Championship and featuring a combination of asphalt and gravel rallies, plus rallies taking place in winter and snow conditions to ensure the ERC offers young drivers a similar challenge to the WRC.
The calendar for the 61st ERC season also had to meet additional criteria including geographical location, heritage, level of public support, national media and competitor interest, plus the sporting spectacle for drivers and fans attending the events and watching on television.
“One month after signing the agreement with the FIA to build a very strong European Rally Championship, we have been very encouraged by the level of interest from teams and drivers,” François Ribeiro, Motorsport Development Director, Eurosport Events
, who worked in close partnership with ERC Manager, and former international rally driver, Jean-Pierre Nicolas to prepare the schedule, said. “Having so much demand from events is great but consequently means we won't be able to fit them all in the schedule. All the teams we have met called for a calendar that would be logistically affordable given the tough economic conditions in Europe right now.
“Two gravel events in July remain open as we just did not have enough time to finalise discussions with governments in Bulgaria, Romania, San Marino and Turkey which are all good candidates. We are confident the ERC calendar will be very appealing and balanced. It won't be long before we can submit the final draft calendar for FIA WMSC approval and ratification.
“In parallel, Eurosport Events is working hard developing a new ERC brand identity and website. We expect the level of TV exposure to be even higher than the outstanding coverage delivered for the IRC. We will keep pushing our pioneering live broadcasts. Finally, we are very happy with the outcome of the FIA Rally Commission meeting in Paris last week where several ERC matters relating to the team championship, tyre regulations, Production Cars and 2WD categories were discussed.”
Provisional 2013 FIA European Rally Championship calendar:
3-5 January Jännerrallye - Austria Asphalt snow
1-3 February Rally Liepāja-Ventspils – Latvia Gravel snow
28-30 March Circuit of Ireland Rally Asphalt
25-27 April SATA Rallye Açores – Portugal Gravel
16-18 May Tour de Corse – France Asphalt
6-8 June Croatia Rally Asphalt
27-29 June GEKO Ypres Rally – Belgium Asphalt
11-13 July TBA Gravel
25-27 July TBA Gravel
30 Aug-1 Sept Barum Czech Rally Zlin Asphalt
27-29 Sept Rally Poland Gravel
10-12 October Rally San Remo – Italy Asphalt
7-9 November Rallye International du Valais – Switzerland Asphalt
* - Subject to ASN confirmation and government approval
** - Subject to discussions with authorities in Bulgaria, Romania, San Marino and Turkey
*** - Pending confirmation of support from Regione Liguria
Rally Islas Canarias-El Corte Inglés