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Eurosport has put together a 12-round European Rally Championship calendar for the first year of it's decade-long deal to promote the series.

The calendar, which was revealed by Motorsport News earlier this week, has yet to be confirmed - although it is expected to be ratified by Eurosport ahead of the Sanremo Rally in Italy this week.

Next year's revamped ERC starts in the same place as this year, with Austria's Janner Rally running the opening round. For the first time, a Eurosport-backed series will run a full snow rally when the ERC heads for the Latvia's snow-sure stages on the Winter Rally.

The Circuit of Ireland is included in the ERC for the first time since 1983. The calendar includes such European classics as Ypres and Poland and former WRC favourite the Tour de Corse. The series closes with the Cyprus Rally.

The European Rally Championship 2013

Janner Rally January 4/5
Winter Rally January 26/27
Azores Rally February 21-23
Circuit of Ireland April 5/6
Tour de Corse May 8-10
Croatia Rally May 23-25
Ypres Rally June 20-22
Rally San Marino July 4-6
Sibiu Rally July 18-20
Rally Zlin August 30/31
Rally Poland September 27/28
Cyprus Rally October 31-November 2

click: autosport.com/news/id/103279


Q & A: Eurosport on IRC/ERC plan

The FIA World Motor Sport Council's announcement that Eurosport would take over the faded European Rally Championship from 2013 marks the end of the television firm's Intercontinental Rally Challenge, but has raised hopes of a revival for the once-great ERC.

Eurosport commercial director Francois Ribeiro spoke to AUTOSPORT about plans for the 2013 series, and why Eurosport missed out on the World Rally Championship promoter role.

Q. What will Eurosport Events do for the ERC?

Francois Ribeiro: Eurosport Events becomes the promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship under a 10-year agreement from 2013 onwards.

It will have a seat on the FIA Rallies Commission, liaise with organisers of all potential events over a calendar, produce ERC TV programming, provide very solid umbrella coverage on Eurosport and Eurosport Asia Pacific, distribute ERC TV programmes outside Eurosport, run the ERC website and social media activity and develop ERC commercial rights.

Eurosport events will keep working closely with manufacturers, teams and drivers - as it has done in the IRC – to provide the best possible entry on all ERC rounds and encourage as many car manufacturers as possible to homologate cars conforming to the Group R regulations, including the new R5 regulations.

With R5 in mind it was very pleasing to see Peugeot Sport using the Paris Motor Show to unveil its R5 challenger based on the new 208. Ford's partner team M-Sport will also be building an R5 version of its Fiesta with several other manufacturers set to announce projects shortly.

read more: autosport.com/news/id/103253

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