2017 World RX calendar is revealed: Argentina is OUT, South Africa is IN
The race calendar for the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championship is revealed. The calendar, which is subject to confirmation by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, consists of 12 rounds, same as this year’s calendar, with one big change – Argentina is out, South Africa is in. The next year’s season-closing event would be the South African round at Killarney circuit in Cape Town, on November 11-12.
Except Argentina, all other venues are again in the calendar, with some rescheduled dates. Barcelona will host the opening round for the first time and the teams will then cross the border into Portugal, for Round 2 at Montalegre. Third round will folowe at Hockenheimring follows, again as a part of the DTM weekend.
No date changes have been made to World RX rounds in Great Britain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Canada and France. The Latvian RX round will take place two weeks earlier next year, with the event scheduled on 16-17 September. Estering will host host the penultimate round, but also two weeks earlier.
The FIA European Rallycross Championship will again run at five World RX rounds as it did in 2016, but with Loheac joining the series in place of Belgium. The ERX round would be Spain, Norway, Sweden, France and Latvia. The Super1600 Championship will comprise of six rounds (Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, France, Latvia and Germany) while the TouringCar series will be made up of five events (Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, and Germany).
The RX Lites Cup is rebranded to RX2 and will have seven rounds, two of which will be held outside of Europe for the first time (Belgium, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Canada, France and South Africa).
2017 World RX calendar:
1. Spain/BARCELONA (1/2 April)
2. Portugal/Montalegre (22/23 April)
3. Germany/Hockenheim (4/5/6 May)
4. Belgium/Mettet (13/14 May)
5. Great Britain/Lydden Hill (27/28 May)
6. Norway/Hell (10/11 June)
7. Sweden/Holjes (1/2 July)
8. Canada/Trois-Rivieres (5/6 August)
9. France/Loheac (2/3 September)
10. Latvia/Riga (16/17 September)
11. Germany/Estering (30 Sept/1 Oct)
12. South Africa/Cape Town (11/12 November)