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.