Calendar unveiled for World Rallycross Championship debut

Motor sport’s global governing body the FIA and series promoter IMG Motorsports have announced the event calendar for the inaugural World Rallycross Championship.

In September, the FIA approved the formation of the series at its World Motorsport Council meeting and it confirmed the itinerary at its latest gathering in Paris yesterday.

The 2014 World Rallycross Championship will be contested over 12 events including races in Canada, Turkey and Argentina, along with those at new European circuits in Belgium and Italy.

The events outside Europe include those held at the Les Trois Riviere Grand Prix in Quebec, Canada, where the races will be part of a multi-street circuit motorsport event that attracts an attendance in excess of 130,000 people. Former Formula One venue Istanbul Park will host Turkey’s leg of the series.

Cordoba/Missones, Argentina hosts the concluding round on November 22-23, six-and-a-half months on from the opener in Montalegre, Portugal on May 3-4.

Great Britain, Norway, Finland, Sweden, France and Germany are the other nations that will stage a race.

European races will also include the FIA European Rallycross Championship with individual titles in the Supercar, Super1600 and Touring Car categories being retained.

FIA president Jean Todt said: “The launch of the new FIA World Rallycross Championship will allow this fantastic sport to grow and develop outside of its traditional base in Europe. The exciting line up of races for 2014 will bring rallycross to a new generation of fans around the world.”

Rob Armstrong, senior-vice president and global head of IMG Motorsports, also believes a successful season can lead to rallycross greatly enhancing its status beyond its European strongholds.

He added: “Having a global stage to promote this exciting and youth orientated motor sport can only increase its popularity and help grow the commercial side of the business at the same time. Response from international event promoters has been phenomenal and we expect even more great events outside of Europe in the years to come.”