ERC: Switzerland reinstated after Corsica returns to WRC

ERC calendar tweaked after Tour de Corse switches to WRC
The 2015 FIA European Rally Championship now looks set to conclude with Rallye International du Valais, it has been announced.

The Swiss event was originally dropped from this year's ERC schedule, but following Corsica's defection back to the WRC fold, something that was confirmed last week, there is now a vacancy.

A statement from Eurosport Events, the ERC promoter read:

“Eurosport Events acknowledges the decision taken by l'Assemblée de la Collectivité Territoriale de Corse to support the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) bid from the Fédération Française du Sport Automobile (FFSA).

“Since the Tour de Corse was dropped from the WRC in 2008, Eurosport Events has worked with the local organising body, the ASACC, during the last four years to maintain the international status of Tour de Corse and save this famous rally.

“It worked successfully with the Tour de Corse organisers, arranging live television coverage on three occasions and reviving the rally to an international-level contest, with current Hyundai factory WRC driver Thierry Neuville scoring a breakthrough victory in Corsica in 2011 live on Eurosport.

“Eurosport Events is pleased to see that its efforts and significant investment made over the last four years have not been in vain and that it has helped Tour de Corse return to the pinnacle of rallying.

“The financial situation between the ASACC and Eurosport Events regarding the 2014 event is still not settled, and Eurosport Events looks forward to a positive outcome from its discussions with ASACC and the various Corsican authorities.

“Eurosport Events will [now] propose an amended 2015 ERC calendar, with Rallye International du Valais as the new final round, to the next FIA Rally Commission meeting.”

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Esapekka Lappi. Rallye International du Valais. Switzerland, 2013 [Pic credit: www.fiaerc.com]

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