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WRC Promoter unveiled its 13-round calendar for the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship. All rallies in the 2014 schedule were confirmed for next year by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in Beijing, with some significant date changes in the first part of the season.
January’s opening round at Rallye Monte-Carlo will start a week later than this year, providing a longer end-of-season break and increased preparation time for manufacturers, teams and drivers. The year’s curtain-raiser will adopt Rally 2 regulations for the first time, allowing retired competitors the opportunity to restart the following leg subject to technical approval. Rally 2 is employed by all other rounds.
Portugal’s fixture will return to its traditional fanbase in the north after 10 years in the southern Algarve area and swaps places with Argentina.
The South American round will be in mid-April, when conditions are likely to be warmer and drier, with Portugal moving back to late May. The changes mean Italy’s round will be a week later in mid-June.
Poland, which successfully returned to the championship in 2014 after a five-year absence, retains its place for next season.
“We’re delighted to confirm the 2015 calendar and to retain all 13 rounds for next season. The breadth of events geographically ensures a truly global championship,” said WRC Promoter’s managing director, Oliver Ciesla. “We’ve again blended a mix of classic events that date back to the championship’s origins with newer, but firmly established, rallies. All will offer a challenging variety of roads and conditions to ensure that WRC will provide the ultimate all-round test of driving ability.”
The 2015 FIA World Rally Championship calendar is:
01) Monte-Carlo 22 – 25 January
02) Sweden 12 – 15 February
03) Mexico 5 – 8 March
04) Argentina 16 – 19 April
05) Portugal 21 – 24 May
06) Italy 11 – 15 June
07) Poland 2 – 5 July
08) Finland 30 July – 2 August
09) Germany 20 – 23 August
10) Australia 10 – 13 September
11) France 1 – 4 October
12) Spain 22 – 25 October
13) Great Britain 12 – 15 November
Björn Waldegard was the 1979 World Rally Championship and winner of 16 WRC events in his four-decades long rally career that culminated in the 2011 East African Safari Classic Rally win in a Porsche 911. We pay tribute to this gentle giant in this week’s issue, as well as bringing you a full report from the FIA European Rally Championship’s Barum Czech Rally Zlin. We also feature the mighty impressive Tuthill Porsche 911 RGT machine that powered into the WRC’s history books at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland last week.
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This latest edition of Handbrakes & Hairpins dedicated in memory of Timothy Cathcart, who passed away at the British Rally Championship’s Ulster Rally this past weekend.
Inside we bring you news from Michelin and the World Rally Championship’s new two-year deal, Marcus Gronholm’s Volkswagen Motorsport move, a look at this weekend’s WRC ADAC Rallye Deutschland and a review of the SA National Rally Championship’s Round Five.
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“What an unbelievable experience,” said Richard Tuthill after a test in the Porsche 911 R-GT for this weekend’s WRC ADAC Rally Deutschland. “We’ve had the perfect day of driving. The car hasn’t missed a beat and the weather has shown all its faces, from rain in the morning to a dry afternoon. But what has impressed most is the reception for this car. We’ve had so many drivers coming over to talk to us about it and the fans haven’t left our side all day. The FIA has definitely got this one right.”
One man who paid very close attention to the Tuthill Porsche 911 GT3 RGT challenger was the talented Estonian WRC star, Ott Tänak, who enjoyed chatting to Stéphane Prevot about Tuthill Porsche’s new machine. No doubt there is huge interest in what the R-GT class holds for rally enthusiasts. It’s great to see a Porsche 911 back on the entry list for the WRC in Germany.
Jeff Zwart is a special person in the world of motoring and motorsport in the USA. His love of all things Porsche have been translated into a collection of some of the most beautiful German machines from Zuffenhausen, but it is his motorsport aspirations that appeal to Handbrakes & Hairpins so much. As a creative media guru, Zwart puts his professional know-how into motorsport. This is a video highly recommended from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014…
And now from a “Drivers-Eye” camera…
Now that your appetite has been whet, watch this videos from a selection of his previous years at Pikes Peak…