The FIA, the governing body for the World Rally Championship has confirmed the provisional calendar for 2008, with Jordan set to run its first ever WRC event.

Rally South Africa and Rally Poland could also be included for the first time in 2008, while the Cyprus Rally may get a re-call, although only one of these events will get the OK, subject to the inspection of their event in 2007.

Rally Australia and the Rally of Turkey meanwhile have both been given definite slots for 2008, after being left off the 2007 version - and as such '07 newcomers, Norway, Portugal and Ireland will all be dropped, as will Rally Mexico, which joined the WRC fold back in 2004.

With regard to next year's calendar - 2007, also shown below, those events that will count towards the Junior and the Production Car categories was confirmed too - with seven events making up the Junior series and eight making up the PCWRC. Like this season though only six events will qualify for each championship. Furthermore the Junior series has dropped the 'world' tag, as all the events are in Europe.

Rallye Monte Carlo next year will be the only event that doesn't count towards either a round of the Junior championship or the Production Car championship.

In other news related to the WRC, following the World Motor Sport Council meeting on Wednesday, the FIA noted: "A tender will be issued for a single tyre manufacturer to equip all World Rally Cars entered in the 2008 World Rally Championship."

The full schedules for 2007 and 2008 are as follows:

2008 FIA World Rally Championship calendar

25-27 Jan Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo
8-10 Feb Swedish Rally
7-9 Mar Rally South Africa*
28-30 Mar Jordan Rally
11-13 Apr Cyprus Rally*
25-27 Apr Rally Argentina
16-18 May Rally Italia-Sardinia
30 May-1 June Acropolis Rally of Greece
13-15 June Rally of Turkey
27-29 June Rally Poland*
1-3 Aug Rally Finland
15-17 Aug Rallye Deutschland
29-31 Aug Rally New Zealand
12-14 Sept Rally Australia
3-5 Oct Rallye de Espana
10-12 Oct Rallye de France - Tour de Corse
24-26 Oct Rally Japan
28-30 Nov Rally GB

* Rally South Africa, Cyprus Rally and Rally Poland will be subject to inspection in 2007. One of the three events will be included in the 2008 calendar. The World Motor Sport Council agreed that all future candidate events must first be part of an FIA Regional Championship.

2007 FIA World Rally Championship calendar

19-21 Jan Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo
9-11 Feb Swedish Rally Production
16-18 Feb Rally Norway Junior
9-11 Mar Rally Mexico Production
30 Mar-01 April Rally de Portugal Junior
4-6 May Rally Argentina Production
18-20 May Rally Italia-Sardinia Junior
1-3 June Acropolis Rally of Greece Production
3-5 Aug Rally Finland Junior
17-19 Aug Rallye Deutschland Junior
31 Aug-2 Sept Rally New Zealand Production
5-7 Oct Rallye de Espana Junior
12-14Oct Rallye de France - Tour de Corse Junior
26-28 Oct Rally Japan Production
16-18 Nov Rally Ireland Production
30 Nov-2 Dec Rally GB Production

 

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