Monte Carlo absent from '09 calendar

Monte Carlo will be absent from the 2009 World Rally Championship after the FIA's World Motor Sport Council confirmed the calendar will use a rotation system in two years' time

Monte Carlo absent from '09 calendar

The rotation system allows candidate rallies to be alternated year-on-year to provide all proposed events with a chance of appearing on the schedule.

The inclusion of the system means the 2009 season will kick off in Ireland, while the historic Monte Carlo rally will not be on the calendar for the first time since 1996.

The event, absent from the world rally championship calendar only twice - in 1974 and 1996 - since 1949, will return to its traditional slot as season opener in 2010.

There will be only 12 events in 2009 and 2010, compared to this year's 16 rounds and next year's 15.

2009 FIA World Rally Championship:

Ireland 01-Feb Norway 15-Feb Cyprus 15-Mar Portugal 05-Apr Argentina 26-Apr Italy 24-May Greece 14-Jun Poland 28-Jun Finland 02-Aug Australia 06-Sep Spain 04-Oct GB 25-Oct

2010 FIA World Rally Championship:

Monte Carlo 24-Jan Sweden 14-Feb Mexico 07-Mar Jordan 11-Apr Turkey 25-Apr New Zealand 16-May Indonesia 20-Jun Russia 18-Jul Bulgaria 08-Aug Germany 22-Aug Japan 12-Sep France 10-Oct 
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