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Old 24 Nov 2011, 11:02 (Ref:2990819)   #1
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2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge

The 2012 IRC calendar has been announced...
  • Four all-new events in Bulgaria, Ireland, Romania and San Marino
  • Five rounds in Eastern Europe
  • Classics such as Rallye Sanremo and Tour de Corse remain
  • Extra rounds on gravel

RoundDateEventSurface
123-25 FebruarySata Rallye Açores (Portugal)Gravel
215-17 MarchRally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés (Spain)Asphalt
306-07 AprilDonnelly Group Circuit of Ireland RallyAsphalt
411-12 MayTour de Corse (France)Asphalt
502-03 JuneCanon Mecsek Rallye (Hungary)Asphalt
621-23 JuneGEKO Ypres Rally (Belgium)Asphalt
706-07 JulyRally San MarinoGravel
820-22 JulySibiu Rally RomaniaGravel
931 Aug - 2 SepBarum Czech Rally ZlínAsphalt
1015-16 SeptemberPrime Yalta Rally (Ukraine)Asphalt
1129-30 SeptemberRally Sliven (Bulgaria)Asphalt
1212-13 OctoberRallye Sanremo (Italy)Asphalt
1302-03 NovemberCyprus RallyGravel & asphalt
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Old 24 Nov 2011, 11:03 (Ref:2990820)   #2
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Delighted to see Ireland hosting an event of this size following its two successful rounds of the World Rally Championship. As far as I know the following information is provisional, but it will give you a rough idea of what to expect...

The rally will start from Belfast on Good Friday 6th April with a Super Special Stage at the Titanic Quarter. This will coincide with the start of the centenary celebrations of the Titanic's launch. The rally then heads down the M1 for two repeated stages in the Dungannon area, the second runs of which will be in the dark.

Day two should start from Armagh and include the Lisburn Power Stage as used this year, plus five repeated stages in counties Down and Armagh. For the first time since special stages were introduced, there won't be any in Southern Ireland. The rally finishes on Saturday evening.
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Old 24 Nov 2011, 13:25 (Ref:2990857)   #3
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Its a good calendar but how is it 'intercontinental'? Its become a sort of alternative European championship.

Five rounds in Eastern Europe hints at desperation. Better to have something like the Targa Florio in there and a couple of Scandinavian events that would get an audience.
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Old 24 Nov 2011, 14:08 (Ref:2990868)   #4
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Its a good calendar but how is it 'intercontinental'? Its become a sort of alternative European championship.
Fair point, is it a case of keeping it fairly central to keep travelling costs down? Anyway, good to see a round in Ireland (although if it's only running north of the border surely it should be listed as Northern Ireland?)
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Old 24 Nov 2011, 14:21 (Ref:2990873)   #5
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...good to see a round in Ireland (although if it's only running north of the border surely it should be listed as Northern Ireland?)
Well the 'Circuit of Ireland' is the second oldest rally in the world, so despite this year's route only passing through northern counties, there would be justifiable uproar if anyone tried to change the name.
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Old 24 Nov 2011, 14:45 (Ref:2990880)   #6
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Well the 'Circuit of Ireland' is the second oldest rally in the world, so despite this year's route only passing through northern counties, there would be justifiable uproar if anyone tried to change the name.
I see your point - it's like "rally GB" just being in Wales I suppose. Either way - it's good to have a round there. Is it also a round of the Irish Tarmac Championship? That would be ideal
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Is it also a round of the Irish Tarmac Championship? That would be ideal
Indeed it is (Galway, Circuit of Ireland, Killarney Rally of The Lakes, Donegal, Ulster, and Cork 20). But I digress...

To be honest I hadn't even noticed the fact that the "Intercontinental" series only visits one continent - it's a shame, but if it's a means of reducing costs in order to further secure the future of the series' then I fully support it. Obviously it would be great to see the series expand globally though. Safari Rally, anyone?
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Its a good calendar but how is it 'intercontinental'? Its become a sort of alternative European championship.
I agree with you: the calendar is fine (for a second-level championship), the name is wrong.
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The Circuit of Ireland (and Irish Tarmac Championships in general) seem to have been doing well the last couple of years, so this is great news (I think).

Should be a hell of an event this year, perhaps this should be my motivation to finally get over to Ireland and check out a tarmac event for myself!
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Good to see Ireland in

IRC hasnt lived up to the hype of afew seasons ago in the last couple of years
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Well the 'Circuit of Ireland' is the second oldest rally in the world
That's not correct, the Rally of Poland has been run since 1921, with 68th edition in 2011.

In other news, this will be the last season of IRC, from 2013 it's expected to merge with ERC. Hopefully, the consolidation will bring back some of the old glory of the European Championship, and it will be even better with GT cars (FIA R-GT) on the stages
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Solberg PS Engineering and Kristian Sohlberg have agreed that Sohlberg was driving the Ford Fiesta S2000 with San Marino and Romania rallies.
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On-Board Arzeno in Circuit of Ireland

On-Board video of Mathieu Arzeno (Peugeot 207 S2000) in Circuit of Ireland !

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Thought I'd bump this with Sibiu this weekend - a long shot but anyone (Dani Filth?) gone / going?
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