Intercontinental Rally Challenge plans first snow event in 2013

Next year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge will include a snow event for the first time, AUTOSPORT understands

Intercontinental Rally Challenge plans first snow event in 2013

Although the IRC's 2013 calendar will not be finalised until October, AUTOSPORT has learned that a snow rally will kick off the schedule.

The remaining list of dates will include a more even balance of asphalt and gravel rallies, having featured a greater number of sealed-surface rounds in the past.

"It will be the first time that there will be rallies on all three surfaces in the IRC," said a source.

"The calendar will probably have 12 to 13 events but there will also be a better balance of gravel and asphalt rallies. There will also be some new types of cars too."

The new cars are believed to be the new-generation R5 machines, some of which could appear before the second half of the season.

Meanwhile, a number of IRC rounds will again be televised live in 2013. Eurosport and public free-to-air channel Czech national TV are broadcasting four stages of this weekend's Rally Zlin live.

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