Eurosport Events, which has been named as promoter of the ERC from 2013, has released details of next year’s schedule, although two events in July have yet to be confirmed. Discussions are ongoing with organisers in Bulgaria, Romania, San Marino and Turkey.
Three types of surface are featured, namely ice/snow, dirt and asphalt. The season will kick off with Austria’s wintry Jännerrallye on the first weekend of January. Then, at the beginning of February, competitors will head for the frozen gravel stages of the Rally Liepaja-Ventspils in Latvia.
The ERC will continue with a number of former IRC favourites like the Circuit of Ireland, the Azores, the Tour de Corse, Ypres, the Barum and the Sanremo. The season will end with early-November’s Rallye International du Valais. Two ‘reserve’ events have also been named: the Rally Islas Canarias and the Cyprus Rally.
2013 European Rally Championship calendar
January 3-5: Jännerrallye (Austria) - Asphalt/Snow
February 1-3: Rally Liepāja-Ventspils (Latvia) - Gravel/Snow
March 28-30: Circuit of Ireland – Asphalt
April 25-27: SATA Rallye Açores (Portugal) – Gravel
May 16-18: Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse (France) – Asphalt
June 6-8: Croatia Rally – Asphalt
June 27-29: GEKO Ypres Rally (Belgium) – Asphalt
July 11-13: TBC – Gravel
July 25-27: TBC – Gravel
August 30-September 1: Barum Czech Rally Zlin (Czech Republic) – Asphalt
September 27-29: Rally Poland – Gravel
October 10-12: Rallye Sanremo (Italy) – Asphalt
November 7-9: Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland) – Asphalt