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WRC PROMOTER CONFIRMS 13-ROUND CALENDAR FOR 2017

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WRC Promoter confirms 13-round calendar for 2017.

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1 December 2016

· World Rally Championship dates receive green light from FIA.

· Calendar comprises 13 rallies on gravel, asphalt, snow and ice.

· French round in Corsica moves forward to early April
Munich, 30 November 2016 – The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship calendar has been announced today (Wednesday) by WRC Promoter.

The exciting new-era championship, which will feature greater manufacturer interest with the return of automotive giants Toyota and Citroën, comprises the same 13 rounds as the successful 2016 season.

It begins with the traditional season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and will feature a mix of gravel, asphalt snow and ice action on four continents before concluding in Australia in November.

The major changes are an earlier April date for France’s asphalt Tour de Corse, breaking up a series of seven consecutive loose surface fixtures, and a less crowded final quarter.

Each round will welcome for the first time a new generation of World Rally Cars. Dramatic new-look challengers boasting extra power, less weight, bigger rear wings and more noise will improve the roadside action for fans.

The calendar was approved by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council meeting in Vienna and WRC Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla said 2017 promised ‘excitement in abundance’.

“The 2016 season brought great unpredictability, with six different winners during the year,” he said. “Returning former world champion manufacturers will make 2017 bigger and better, and the sense of anticipation generated by the new cars means there is plenty for fans to look forward to.”

Ciesla said the season’s final months would be less hectic than the over-crowded period in the 2016 calendar.

“Despite strong efforts from all sides it wasn’t possible to include Turkey and China in the calendar next year, but all parties are eager to help that come to fruition in the future.

“As a result there are no rounds in September. Rather than restructure the calendar to close that gap, we decided to keep the entire month free to observe potential candidate events,” he added.

The 2017 calendar is:

20-22 January Monte Carlo
10-12 February Sweden
10-12 March Mexico*
7-9 April France
28-30 April Argentina
19-21 May Portugal
9-11 June Italy*
30 June – 2 July Poland
28-30 July Finland
19-20 August Germany
6-8 October Spain*
27-29 October Great Britain
17-19 November Australia

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About WRC Promoter GmbH
WRC Promoter GmbH is responsible for all commercial aspects of the FIA World Rally Championship, including 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 13 rallies spanning 15 countries and four continents. Additional championship information can be found at www.wrc.com, www.wrc.com/factbook/2015-2016/ and www.wrcplus.com.

Next rally: Rallye Monte-Carlo, 19 – 22 January 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Wilford
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