WRC Promoter names nine initial rallies for 2016 calendar.


Nine initial rounds proposed for 2016 World Rally Championship

Dates announced for Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rally Sweden

Further rallies to be nominated later in the year

13 May 2015

Munich, Germany, 13 May 2015 – WRC Promoter has proposed an initial nine rallies for inclusion in the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship calendar.

The nine events have multi-year agreements and were approved at Tuesday’s (12 May) meeting of the FIA World Rally Championship Commission in Paris. They will be submitted for final ratification to the World Motor Sport Council.

The nine nominated rounds are: Monte-Carlo (21 – 24 January), Sweden (12 – 14 February), and with dates still to be confirmed, Argentina, Australia, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Poland and Spain. All are subject to a satisfactory running in 2015.

The early nomination of these rallies will allow planning for 2016 to begin as soon as possible. Further events will be proposed with a view to finalising the calendar by September at the latest.

WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla said the early nomination of dates for the opening two rounds would benefit organisers, teams, partners and fans.

“WRC is unlike other FIA world championship in that it begins in January and so we have the luxury to select the dates for Rallye Monte-Carlo and Rally Sweden in the knowledge there will be no conflicts.

“It’s a conscious decision that allows all nine events to start planning and making preparations as soon as possible, and we look forward to final approval of these rallies by the WMSC,” he said.

“We also have exciting proposals on the table from countries not currently on the calendar and discussions have started with a view to bringing at least one, and perhaps two, of those events onto next year’s calendar.

“However, we will most likely aim to maintain the same number of rounds in the championship,” added Ciesla.


About WRC Promoter GmbH

WRC Promoter GmbH is a joint company of Red Bull Media House and the sportsman media holding. It is responsible for all commercial aspects of the FIA World Rally Championship, including broadcast formats, TV production and the marketing of global media and sponsorship rights. The Promoter also has responsibility to increase the field of participants and to propose the venues that form the FIA WRC calendar.

The World Rally Championship is the FIA’s premium rally series. WRC showcases authentic motorsport, high performance cars and the world’s best drivers competing in dramatic surroundings ranging from the ice and snow of Scandinavia to the stifling heat of Sardinia. Established in its current format in 1973, WRC participants battle for the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world titles at rallies spanning 13 countries and four continents. More information can be found at and

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