The FIA World Rally Championship have revealed their 2022 calendar which features a total of 13 rounds including a return to New Zealand for the first time in over a decade.
The new hybrid era of WRC kicks in Monte Carlo from January 20-23.
January 20-23 Monte Carlo
February 24-27 Sweden
April 21-24 Croatia
May 19-22 Portugal
June 2-5 Italy
June 23-26 Kenya
July 14-17 Estonia
August 4-7 Finland
August 18-21 TBC
September 8-11 Greece
September 29-October 2 New Zealand
October 20-23 Spain
November 10-13 Japan
WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel commented on the calendar saying:
Next year will be a momentous and thrilling one for the FIA World Rally Championship as we welcome the new hybrid era Rally1 cars, part of a portfolio of regulations to drive the series towards a greener and more sustainable future.
“Next year also marks the WRC’s 50th season and we have a calendar to match. We’re delighted to welcome back New Zealand, a rally which first appeared in 1977. Its gravel roads are a drivers’ delight and although our plans to return in 2020 were unfortunately derailed by Covid-19, it’s fantastic we can now push through with those.
“The pandemic sadly brought the globe to its knees but as the world recovers so, too, does the WRC. We previously outlined our strategy for an equal spread of rallies between Europe and long-haul destinations and the 2022 calendar is a significant step towards that goal.”