WRC Calendar to be expanded in 2018, the Candidates are New Zealand and Croatia

WRC Calendar to be expanded in 2018, the Candidates are New Zealand and Croatia
May 10, 2017

World Rally Championship is about to expand in season 2018 to fourteen Events. Two rallies have been named as shortlisted events – Rally of New Zealand and Croatia rally. The final decision is set to be made by FIA Motorsport Council after the Croatian round is run as a candidate event in late September 2017. Rally New Zealand hasn’t been a part of WRC calendar since 2012 and Croatia Rally was part of ERC and ERT for a decade.

Even though WRC Promoter has a policy of not including new European rounds, it’s chief Oliver Cielsa regarded to Croatia rally as Event which could go “straight into the top five” rallies for spectators attendance: “We could look at a mixed event with a day on gravel and two days on asphalt and we could even look at something new – some sort of a hillclimb event being included in the itinerary. On top of that, the event would be based in area easily accessible to the teams and an area that has a real affinity for rally fans.”

Promotor will reveal its next season calendar to WRC Commission shortly after Croatia rally. It has to be confirmed by the World Motorsport Council afterwards.