Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (Geneva, Friday 20 March 2015), the FIA has announced that Rallye International du Valais has been confirmed as the 10th and final round of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship.
Based in the towns of Martigny and Sion in southwest Switzerland, the popular asphalt rally will take place between 29-31 October.
Rallye International du Valais was the penultimate round of the ERC in 2014 when Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm won the event in a ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia S2000.
“Rallye International du Valais has enjoyed a long association with the ERC and is popular with drivers and teams due to the spectacular scenery, demanding special stages, central location and significant fan base,” said Jean-Baptiste Ley, ERC Co-ordinator.
“With the ERC calendar being reduced from 11 to 10 events for 2015, Rallye International du Valais was announced as the reserve event on the initial calendar. Since the end of the 2014 season, we have remained in close contact with the event promoter and we are pleased to announce the rally’s inclusion on the ERC calendar once again. It will make a fantastic finale to the 2015 series, and we anticipate that many of the ERC champions will be crowned in Switzerland as the battle for title honours goes down to the wire.”
The revised 2015 ERC calendar is as follows:
01: 4-6 January, Jännerrallye (Austria, asphalt/ice/snow)
02: 6-8 February, Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel/ice/snow
03: 2-4 April, Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally (United Kingdom, asphalt)
04: 4-6 June, SATA Rallye Açores (Portugal, gravel)
05: 25-27 June, Kenotek® by CID LINES® Ypres Rally (Belgium, asphalt)
06: 17-19 July, auto24 Rally Estonia (gravel)
07: 28-30 August, Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic, asphalt)
08: 25-27 September, Cyprus Rally (asphalt/gravel)
09: 9-11 October, Rally of Greece (gravel)*
10: 29-31 October, Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland, asphalt)
*Subject to signing of ERC Promoter agreement