Rally Poland not included in 2018 WRC calendar

(Warsaw, 21.09.2017): FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved today World Rally Championship calendar for 2018. Rally Poland, which was run as a WRC event for the last four years was not included in the schedule of 13 rounds planned for the next year.

As it was expressed in the FIA WRC Commission judgement the last edition of Rally Poland did not fulfil safety standards due to insufficient control of spectators’ behaviour by the organizer's safety services. The judgement was approved after consideration of the FIA Delegates reports, who were present at the event and the yellow card was given to the organiser for not fulfilling above requirements.

Jarosław Noworól, Rally Poland Clerk of the Course said: “As the organizers of the rally, we take full responsibility for the incidents that have taken place and which have led to a negative assessment of safety standards. These incidents were primarily a result of human error and were not due to our own negligence. It is worth emphasizing the high overall evaluation of the rally confirmed in the relevant documents of the FIA ​​Delegates assessing the organization of the event. Detailed reports by the FIA ​​representatives confirm that, apart from safety issues, there were no other significant objections to our rally. As the safety of the fans is crucial for the FIA, unfortunately, the Rally Poland was not included in the next year's WRC calendar. We do not intend to give up our efforts to return to the elite circle of WRC rounds in subsequent years. We are starting to work on developing a new rally safety concept using the help offered by the FIA ​​Safety Department. We are also working to make Rally Poland as a world championship event even more supportive by the authorities and sponsors without which it is impossible to organize such a huge event. I hope this will allow us to meet the financial expectations of our partners regarding promotional aspects.

This year's Rally Poland and its previous editions showed great interest in the WRC round organised in Mikołajki both among Polish and foreign fans. Foreign spectators accounted for nearly 40 percent of more than one hundred thousand of fans of rallying who flocked this year around spectacular special stages during three days of the rally. These data indicate a great interest in our rally in Poland but also other Central European countries. We are delighted that the effort we have put in the organisation of Rally Poland for over 4 years has contributed greatly to the rise of the popularity of WRC rallies in this part of Europe.

Statistics referring to the number of supporters and media interest confirm the opinion of the WRC Promoter that according commercial aspects, Polish market and our rally are among the most valuable WRC ingredients. Next year's Rally Poland will also be an international event run at the Masurian gravel stages. Our goal is to organise 75th Rally Poland in accordance with the highest FIA safety standards, so that it will be possible to return to the FIA World Rally Championship as soon as possible.”



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ORLEN 74 Rally Poland / Rajd Polski

ORLEN 74 Rally Poland

2017 Calendar

20-22 January

Rally Monte Carlo

10-12 February

Rally Sweden

10-12 March

Rally Mexico

7-9 April

Rally France

28-30 April

Rally Argentina

19-21 May

Rally Portugal

9-11 June

Rally Italy

29 June – 2 July

Rally Poland

28-30 July

Rally Finland

19-20 August

Rally Germany

6-8 October

Rally Spain

27-29 October

Rally Great Britain

17-19 November

Rally Australia