Revisions to the calendar mean that FIA European Rally Championship will face a busy spell during the month of September when three rounds take place over an exciting five-week period.
Super September will consist of the ERC rallies in Czech Republic, Poland and Croatia and is the result of a request by the Croatian motorsport federation to switch its event from an original June slot to September to coincide with the country hosting a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council at the end of that month.
To accommodate this request, ERC promoter Eurosport Events reached agreement with the Rally Poland organisers for their event to move to 13-15 September ,with the Croatia Rally now taking place from 26-28 September, the weekend when Rally Poland had been due to run. Barum Czech Rally Zlín will conclude on 1 September to kick off a thrilling month of motorsport action, with the changes having been approved by a fax vote among WMSC members.
“Changing the calendar once the season is underway is never an ideal situation but we must thank the organisers of Rally Poland for their assistance in accommodating a request by the Croatia Rally,” François Ribeiro, Motorsport Development Director of Eurosport Events, said. “Even though we have now a gravel event in between two Tarmac rallies, the momentum will be high and the ERC will firmly be in the public eye during the month of September.
“While the date of Rally Poland now clashes with the WRC round in Australia, something we had looked to avoid with the FIA, the different time zones and the fact the two rallies appeal to a different competitor base means neither rally should be overly affected.”
2013 FIA European Rally Championship calendar - revised
3-5 January International Jännerrallye - Austria
1-3 February Rally Liepāja-Ventspils - Latvia
21-23 March Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés - Spain
25-27 April SATA Rallye Açores – Portugal
16-18 May Tour de Corse – France
27-29 June GEKO Ypres Rally – Belgium
11-13 July Rally San Marino
25-27 July Sibiu Rally – Romania
30 Aug-1 Sept Barum Czech Rally Zlín
13-15 September Rally Poland
26-28 September Croatia Rally
10-12 October Rallye Sanremo – Italy
7-9 November Rallye International du Valais – Switzerland