Rally France gets an early date reshuffle
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.