The Rallye Monte Carlo is to return to the World Rally Championship in 2012, it has been announced today following a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Barcelona, Spain.

Thirteen rounds were confirmed and in addition to Monte Carlo gaining a slot, Italy has also got a date.

There is no room for Abu Dhabi however, which had been included on the provisional schedule back in April - subject to the 'approval of the event business plan and format' [see separate story - click here]. Abu Dhabi has though been 'invited to submit a proposal to run a candidate event for possible future inclusion in the series'.

Britain's slot meanwhile, which was also subject to the approval of an event business plan and format a few months ago, is now permanent. The event though moves from being the traditional season closer to a date in September, a position it last held back in 2005.

The full schedule is as follows:

2012 FIA World Rally Championship - calendar#:

January 22 Monte Carlo
February 12 Sweden
March 11 Mexico
April 1 Portugal
April 29 Argentina
May 27 or June 3 Greece*
June 24 New Zealand
August 5 Finland
August 26 Germany
September 16 Britain
October 7 France
October TBA Italy*
November 4 Spain

* denotes dates subject to confirmation

# Note: The date given is the Sunday of the rally weekend. Itineraries are however subject to final confirmation by event organisers.



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