For 2007 and 2008
After a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) today in Barcelona, the WRC calendar for 2007 and 2008 has been confirmed.
Few changes were made to the original version of the 2007 calendar. Three new events will join the World Championship:
Ireland, Norway and Portugal, replacing Australia, Cyprus and Turkey.
A small change has been made for the dates of the Tour de Corse and Rally Catalunya but the rest of the schedule remains the same.Rotation in 2008
The WMSC also unveiled the 2008 calendar. The events in Ireland, Portugal, Norway and Mexico will be removed from the 2008 WRC season in order to let other rallies a spot on the calendar.
Australia and Turkey will return on the calendar, along with the first-time entry of the Jordan Rally. A fourth rally will be chosen between Cyprus, Poland and South Africa. The FIA will evaluate the three events in 2007 and decide which one will take the final spot in 2008.
Single tyre manufacturer for 2008
The WMSC also confirmed that a tender will be issued to determine the choice of a single tyre manufacturer starting in 2008. 2007 WRC calendar
19-21 January Monte-Carlo Rally
09-11 February Swedish Rally (P)
16-18 February Rally Norway (J)
09-11 March Rally Mexico (P)
30 March-01 April Rally de Portugal (J)
04-06 May Rally Argentina (P)
18-20 May Rally Italia-Sardinia (J)
01-03 June Acropolis Rally (P)
03-05 August Rally Finland (J)
17-19 August Rally Deutschland (J)
31 August-02 September Rally New Zealand (P)
05-07 October Rally Catalunya (J)
12-14October Tour de Corse (J)
26-28 October Rally Japan (P)
16-18 November Rally Ireland (P)
30 November-02 December Rally GB (P)2008 WRC calendar
25-27 January Monte-Carlo Rally
08-10 February Swedish Rally
07-09 March Rally South Africa*
28-30 March Jordan Rally
11-13 April Cyprus Rally*
25-27 April Rally Argentina
16-18 May Rally Italia-Sardinia
30 May-01 June Acropolis Rally
13-15 June Rally of Turkey
27-29 June Rally Poland*
01-03 August Rally Finland
15-17 August Rally Deutschland
29-31 August Rally New Zealand
12-14 September Rally Australia
03-05 October Rally Catalunya
10-12 October Tour de Corse
24-26 October Rally Japan
28-30 November Rally GB
(J) Also a round of the Junior World Rally Championship.
(P) Also a round of the Production Car World Rally Championship.
* Only one of these three rallies will be on the calendar following the final decision of the FIA.
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