WRC unveils 2023 calendar

Monaco kicks season off in January, before Japan hosts season finale in November.

WRC unveils 2023 calendar

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  • A new three-country concept is to be trialled
  • Mexico and Chile return to the schedule

The World Rally Championship (WRC) has unveiled its 2023 calendar, featuring a return to both North and South America.

As previously reported, Mexico takes its place back on the schedule having been unable to complete its last event in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Likewise, Chile has found itself waiting on the sidelines due to a mixture of the pandemic and civil unrest in the country, but returns for next year.

New for 2023 is a three-country concept, which will see the WRC visit Austria, Germany and Czech Republic in the same round from 26th to 29th October.

The campaign will once more have its traditional curtain raiser in Monte Carlo from 19th to 22nd January, while Rally Japan will host the season finale for the second year running from 16th to 19th November.

Events in Catalunya, New Zealand and Belgium have all dropped off the calendar having featured last season, although New Zealand is looking for a return in 2024 as part of a rotation event with Rally Australia, according to Autosport.

The WRC's expected return to the Middle East has also failed to materialise, having last staged an event in the region back in 2011. 

“We were absolutely determined to get the WRC calendar back to where it was pre-Covid, with a good spread of events inside and outside Europe," said WRC Promoter's senior director of events Simon Larkin.

“There was very high demand for the limited number of slots on the calendar, but we’re pleased with the range and variety of events we have.

“They will provide a great sporting challenge for the competitors, as well as providing the highest-profile events in each country.”

Jona Siebel, WRC Promoter managing director, added: “We are incredibly happy to be returning to North and South America. We have maintained a dialogue with the Mexican and Chilean organisers throughout the Covid pandemic and we are confident this is now the right time for our return.

“Additionally, with an exciting new concept added to the mix, the WRC is well-placed to reach more fans than ever before.”