The World Rally Championship will return to Corsica for the first time since 2008 after the Alsace rally had to be cancelled due to the lack of financial backing.

The FFSA, motorsport's governing body in France, confirmed the return to the Mediterranean island and will run on the same dates designated for the cancelled Strasbourg-based event on the 1-4 October. The Corsican rally will act as the 11th round of the WRC.

The Corsican Territorial Authorities confirmed to the WRC they would receive strong financial backing if the series returned to the island and the FFSA will now renew past relationships with Tour de Corse.

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"The route will consist of a succession of very long special stages that will highlight the Haute Corse region and the south of Corsica," said a spokesman on

The Tour de Corse was first run on the island in 1956 and was a permanent fixture on the WRC calendar from the championship's first season in 1973 to 2008.

The rally was originally based around Ajaccio, but no details have been released about the 2015 route.