A revised calendar for the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge has been presented today by series promoter Eurosport Events, and will start with the centenary edition of Rallye Monte-Carlo from 18-22 January.
Following the announcement of the draft schedule in September, two changes have been made to the list of rallies with a new date for Rally de los Alerces and an all-new event in Ukraine, the Prime Yalta Rally.
●Rally de los Alerces, which will be based in the Argentine city of Esquel, will now take place one week later than originally scheduled, from 11-13 March.
●The Prime Yalta Rally will run on the new date of 2-4 June.
It will mean there will be four new rallies when the IRC celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2011. Along with Rally de los Alerces and the Prime Yalta Rally, the Tour de Corse on the French island of Corsica and Hungarys Mecsek Rallye also represent unchartered territory for the IRC series.
Eurosport Events Managing Director Géraldine Filiol said: We are delighted to confirm this exciting IRC calendar for 2011, which reflects the increasing status of IRC in world motorsport with more and more prestigious rallies joining our series. The addition of four new events to our 2011 schedule will pose an exciting challenge for our competitors and a great spectacle for the fans watching on the stages and at home on television.
Details of the Prime Yalta Rally, an asphalt event, will be announced next week.
The full IRC calendar for 2011 follows:
01 18-22 January Monaco: Rallye Monte-Carlo Asphalt
02 11-13 March Argentina: Rally de los Alerces* Gravel
03 06-08 May France: Tour de Corse Asphalt
04 02-04 June Ukraine: Prime Yalta Rally Asphalt
05 23-25 June Belgium: Geko Ypres Rally Asphalt
06 14-16 July Portugal: Sata Rallye Acores Gravel
07 04-06 August Portugal: Rali Vinho Madeira Asphalt
08 26-28 August Czech Republic: Barum Czech Rally Zlin Asphalt
09 09-11 September Hungary: Mecsek Rallye Asphalt/gravel
10 22-24 September Italy: Rallye Sanremo Asphalt
11 14-16 October Scotland: RACMSA Rally of Scotland Gravel
12 03-05 November Cyprus: FxPro Cyprus Rally Asphalt/gravel
TBC Date TBA Spain: Rally Islas Canarias Trofeo El Corte Ingles Asphalt
*Subject to signing the Promoters agreement