ERC calendar is short on top events
Next year’s European Rally Championship has been revealed, with three of its most popular rounds missing.
A provisional 10-round 2017 schedule has been announced, with only eight named rallies and three of the 10 have still to complete their agreement with the series promoter.
The Circuit of Ireland, Ypres and Estonia are the events missing from next year. The Rally di Roma Capitale replaces one of the three. MN understands the Ypres Rally could yet make it to the calendar, if Eurosport Events can find agreement with the organisers of the Belgian classic.
Ypres manager Alain Penasse told MN: “I don’t agree with the fee you have to pay to be in the ERC because the value of the ERC has been going down in recent years. We have a proposal from Eurosport which, while it was better than last year, it’s still too much. At the moment, we’re in the farcical position of them wanting this number and us offering that number. And they have a calendar that has two dates with no rallies.
“We don’t say ‘no’ to ERC, there’s still some pride in being part of the European championship, but there’s a gap between what they think it’s worth and what I think it’s worth. We have decided to go our way with the British Rally Championship and the new Tour European Rally. We don’t know what the TER will bring, but at least it doesn’t cost us anything.”
The proposed ERC 2017 schedule is: Azores Rally (March 2-4); TBA (March 31-April 2); Canaries Rally (May 4-6); Acropolis Rally (June 2-4); Cyprus Rally (June 16-18); Rally Rzeszow (August 3-5); Rally Zlin (August 25-27); Rally di Roma Capitale (September 15-17); Rally Liepaja (October 6-8) and TBA (November 3-5).