Seasons to be run over two years

Rallying's 2008 world championship will be run over two calendar years, starting in August 2007 and ending in May 2008, motor sport's ruling body (FIA) announced on Wednesday

Seasons to be run over two years

The 2007 season will be made up of eight or nine rallies run from January to May. This year's championship began in January and ends in November, a pattern to be repeated in 2006.

The FIA has been under pressure for several years to make the sport more attractive and reduce costs for the teams. Peugeot and Citroen announced 12 months ago they would quit the world championship at the end of this season.

The switch of race dates in 2008 means rallying will not face competition in television schedules from Formula One racing or motorcycling.

Teams were restricted to two-car line-ups in 2004 when the use of reconnaissance cars was banned, fewer tyres were allowed and reduced servicing was introduced. However, the calendar was increased to 16 races.

The 16-race 2006 season will start in Monte Carlo on January 20 and end in Britain on December 3.

With two races left this season, Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has won the drivers' title and the two French manufacturers, Peugeot and Citroen, head the six-strong constructors' championship.

2006 calendar:

20-22 January Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo 3-5 February Uddeholm Swedish Rally 3-5 March  Corona Rally Mexico 24-26 March Rallye de España 7-9 April Rallye de France - Tour de Corse 28-30 April Rally Argentina 18-21 May Rallye Italia-Sardinia 2-4 June Acropolis Rally of Greece 11-13 August OMV ADAC Rallye Deutschland 18-20 August Neste Rally Finland 1-3 September Rally Japan 22-24 September The Cyprus Rally 13-15 October Rally of Turkey 27-29 October Rally Australia 10-12 November Rally of New Zealand 1-3 December Wales Rally GB 
shares
comments
Subaru duo upbeat for Catalunya

Previous article

Subaru duo upbeat for Catalunya

Next article

Citroen to return to WRC in 2007

Citroen to return to WRC in 2007
Load comments

About this article

Series WRC
Why the casualty of rallying's evolution should still be cherished Plus

Why the casualty of rallying's evolution should still be cherished

The WRC's support categories are in a process of streamlining that will spell the end of a formalised 2WD world championship-level category. While its relevance to the top level has been questioned for some time, that doesn't mean it should be swept quietly under the carpet

WRC
Apr 5, 2021
Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads Plus

Why WRC's hybrid path could leave it at a crossroads

With all three major manufacturers committing to the World Rally Championship’s hybrid era from 2022, the future of the series is assured for now, but it could lead to trickier twists and turns further down the road

WRC
Apr 1, 2021
How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally Plus

How Tanak froze out the competition at the Arctic Rally

Ott Tanak made up for a disastrous Monte Carlo Rally by leading all the way on the snow-kissed stages of the Arctic Rally Finland and in the process hit back at an event Toyota had been expected to dominate

WRC
Mar 1, 2021
What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic Plus

What to expect from the WRC's venture to the Arctic

This week's Arctic Rally Finland will bring the World Rally Championship into new territory. And, almost without exception, the service park can't wait for the subzero challenge to commence

WRC
Feb 25, 2021
How Ogier achieved a fitting Monte Carlo farewell Plus

How Ogier achieved a fitting Monte Carlo farewell

Against pandemic-shaped odds, the World Rally Championship season opener went ahead in Monte Carlo last weekend as a familiar face again took top spot. But for an emotional Sebastien Ogier, his record-breaking eighth win meant more than most

WRC
Jan 25, 2021
What to look out for in the 2021 WRC Plus

What to look out for in the 2021 WRC

As the 2021 World Rally Championship prepares to launch amid tight COVID-19 restrictions in Monte Carlo, here are the eight things unrelated to the pandemic that you should keep an eye on this year

WRC
Jan 21, 2021
Evans on the talking points of WRC 2021 Plus

Evans on the talking points of WRC 2021

He came close to the title last year, and now Toyota's Elfyn Evans gives his verdict on what to expect from 2021 as the World Rally Championship prepares to reconvene for the Monte Carlo season opener

WRC
Jan 20, 2021
Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call Plus

Why Britain's continued WRC absence is a wake-up call

OPINION: With Rally GB dropping off the World Rally Championship calendar for the second year in a row, one of Britain's best-attended sporting events faces an uncertain future. It's an unfortunate situation that points to troubling times ahead

WRC
Jan 12, 2021