ERC - Series set for 'Super September' as rallies moved

The dates of European Rally Championship events in Poland and Croatia have been moved and will now be part of a 'Super September' of action.

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Rally Poland will now take place on September 13-15, with Rally Croatia moving from June to September 26-28, when the Polish race was originally scheduled to run.

Barum Czech Rally Zlin, which concludes on September 1, begins the dramatic month.

The changes were made at the request of the Croatian motorsport federation, which wished its event to coincide with the country hosting a meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council, and approved by a fax vote among WMSC members.

 François Ribeiro, motorsport development director at promoter Eurosport Events, said: “Changing the calendar once the season is underway is never an ideal situation but we must thank the organisers of Rally Poland for their assistance in accommodating a request by the Croatia Rally.

"Even though we have now a gravel event in between two tarmac rallies, the momentum will be high and the ERC will firmly be in the public eye during the month of September.

 “While the date of Rally Poland now clashes with the WRC round in Australia, something we had looked to avoid with the FIA, the different time zones and the fact the two rallies appeal to a different competitor base means neither rally should be overly affected."

 Revised calendar 

01  International Jännerrallye (Austria), Asphalt/snow, 3-5 January

02  Rally Liepāja-Ventspils (Latvia), Gravel/snow, 1-3 February

03  Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés (Spain), Asphalt, 21-23 March      

04  SATA Rallye Açores (Portugal), Gravel, 25-27 April

05  Tour de Corse (France), Asphalt, 16-18 May

06  GEKO Ypres Rally (Belgium), Asphalt, 27-29 June

07  Rally San Marino*, Gravel, 11-13 July

08  Sibiu Rally (Romania), Gravel, 25-27 July

09  Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Asphalt, 30 August-1 September

10  Rally Poland, Gravel, 13-15 September

11  Croatia Rally, Asphalt, 26-28 September

12  Rallye Sanremo (Italy), Asphalt, 10-12 October

13  Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland), Asphalt, 7-9 November  

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