Rally France gets an early date reshuf­fle

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Cor­sica looks set to make two ap­pear­ances in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship in six months as the FIA look to force the French is­land event into an April date for next sea­son.

The Tour of Cor­sica was sched­uled to run in April this sea­son, be­fore the or­gan­is­ers said such a plan was un­work­able. In an ef­fort to plug the seven-week gap be­tween rounds three and four, the gov­ern­ing body and WRC Pro­moter are un­der­stood to be ready to pull rank over the Bas­tia-based event.

One source said: “In re­al­ity, Cor­sica has to move to sur­vive. We need the asphalt rally to break up a long run of gravel ral­lies and Germany and Spain are not re­ally in a po­si­tion to make the move.”

Cor­sica has run in a spring date pre­vi­ously, but one of the ar­eas of con­cern for the French gov­ern­ing body will be put­ting to­gether the nec­es­sary fi­nance – with a patch­work of deals from re­gions around the is­land bring­ing the bud­get to­gether.

MN un­der­stands the first six rounds of the cham­pi­onship will run as: Monte Carlo, Swe­den, Mex­ico, Cor­sica, Ar­gentina and Por­tu­gal.

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