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WRC reveals 13-round 2024 calendar

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The schedule, ratified in Thursday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council, will function eight gravel rallies, 4 asphalt occasions and the normal snow spherical in Sweden.  

The calendar has undergone a shake-up with Mexico dropping off the schedule in favour of Poland, which confirmed its WRC return for the primary time since 2017, earlier this month.

Latvia has stepped up from the European Rally Championship to make its WRC debut within the July slot beforehand held by Estonia. Rally Estonia has been unable to safe funding to stay on the WRC calendar.    

As beforehand reported, the WRC had initially hoped that Saudi Arabia and the USA might host rounds subsequent 12 months, however each occasions have been shelved for 2025, alongside a potential return to Argentina.  

The 2024 championship will as soon as once more start with the normal curtain raiser in Monte Carlo (25-28 January), though subsequent 12 months’s occasion will return to Hole as its central hub, as an alternative of the Monte Carlo harbour.  

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Sweden will comply with in February forward of a visit to Africa for Safari Rally Kenya, which has moved to March from its conventional June slot that has now been taken by Poland. 

The championship will then host a sequence of seven consecutive rounds in Europe particularly; Croatia, Portugal, Italy (Sardinia), Poland, Latvia, Finland and Greece.

Teemu Suninen, Mikko Markkula, Hyundai World Rally Staff Hyundai i20 N Rally1

Photograph by: Vincent Thuillier / Hyundai Motorsport

Chile will once more signify South America in September adopted by the Central European Rally (Czech Republic/Austria/Germany) and Japan. The 2 asphalt rounds will full the season.    

“We’re eagerly anticipating one other action-packed season in 2024 with a calendar that not solely celebrates our esteemed traditions but additionally propels us into an thrilling future,” stated WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel.

“Our return to Poland and our debut in Latvia underscore our dedication to delivering a recent and thrilling WRC expertise for followers and opponents alike.” 

The European Rally Championship schedule is predicted to be launched within the coming weeks.

Autosport understands the schedule will as soon as once more comprise eight rounds, which is prone to embody a go to to Wales.    

World Rally Championship 2024 Calendar

Spherical Rally Dates Floor
1 Monte Carlo 25-28 January Asphalt/Ice
2 Sweden 15-18 February Snow
3 Safari Rally Kenya 28-31 March Gravel
4 Croatia 18-21 April  Asphalt
5 Portugal 9-12 Could Gravel
6 Italy 30 Could-2 June Gravel
7 Poland 27-30 June Gravel
8 Latvia 18-21 July Gravel
9 Finland 1-4 August Gravel
10 Greece 5-8 September Gravel
11 Chile 26-29 September Gravel
12 Central Europe Rally 31 October-3 November Asphalt
13 Japan 21-24 November Asphalt


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