Next year, for the first time in history, a World Championship race will take place in the Czech Republic.
The Central European Rally will start in Prague with the premiere of this new event scheduled for the 26th to 29th of October 2023.
The twelfth edition of the series will be jointly organised by the national sporting authorities of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria. The Autoclub of the Czech Republic (AČR) and the series promoter officially confirmed the event on their official website today.
Jan Štovíček, President of the Autoklub of The Czech Republic and member of the FIA World Motorsport Council:
“The FIA World Rally Championship in the Czech Republic is a dream of our fans of many generations. And together with our friends from our partner federations in Germany and Austria, we have succeeded in fulfilling it.
“Rallying is one of the most popular disciplines of motorsport in our country, many Czech fans are passionate about the World Championship and now they can see it for the first time at home! Due to the deep tradition of the Czech automotive industry, we can also look at the World Rally Championship with pride in fulfilling the legacy of our ancestors, the pioneers of motoring.”
“The uniqueness of the Central European Rally will certainly be enhanced by the intention to start it in Prague, the heart of Europe. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the realization of the idea of this competition and for the trust of my colleagues from the FIA World Motorsport Council.”
As an internationally respected world championship, TV coverage of the FIA World Rally Championship is broadcast in more than 150 countries.
With efficient hybrid technology and sustainable, 100% fossil-free fuel, the cars in the top class also showcase future technologies and new means of mobility, and are a key multiplier when it comes to sustainability.
The new WRC season will traditionally start in Monte Carlo in January, with the Mexican and Chilean rallies returning to the calendar after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Central European Rally from 26 to 29 October will be the penultimate event of the series. The championship will conclude in mid-November in Japan.