World Rally Championship

Publication date: 10 Nov 2023

The World Rally Championship (WRC) is an annual rally tournament organized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). It is an exciting and spectacular sporting event that attracts millions of fans worldwide. Every year, the championship brings together the best drivers and teams in the world to compete for the title of champion. It is also the highest level of rallying competition in the world.

The championship consists of 13 stages, which are held in different countries of the world. Each stage is made up of several special stages that cover different types of roads, including tarmac, gravel, snow and ice.

Teams from around the world participate in the World Rally Championship, including Finland, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and others.

2024 World Rally Championship

The 2024 World Rally Championship, also known as WRC 2024, is the 52nd season of the championship run by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The season began on January 25, 2024 with the Monte Carlo Rally and will end on November 24, 2024 with Rally Japan.

Stage schedule 2024:

Dates Name  Venue 
January 25 – 28 Rally Monte Carlo Monte Carlo, France
February 15 – 18 Rally Sweden Värmland, Sweden
March 28 – 31 Safari Rally in Kenya Nairobi, Kenya
April 18 – 21 Rally Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
May 9 – 12 Rally Portugal Porto, Portugal
May 30 – June 2 Rally Sardinia Sardinia, Italy
June 27 – June 30 Rally Poland Mikolajki, Warmen-Masurski, Poland
July 18 – July 21 Rally Latvia Liepaja, Latvia
August 1 – 4 Rally Finland Jyvaskyla, Finland
September 5 – 8 Acropolis Rally Lamia, Greece
September 26 – 29 Rally Chile Concepcion, Chile
October 17 – 20 Central European Rally Bavaria, Germany
November 21 – 24 Rally Japan Aichi, Japan

Which famous drivers have competed in the WRC?

Many famous drivers have competed in the WRC, including Finnish drivers Sebastien Leb, Markku Alén and Jari-Matti Latvala, French drivers Sébastien Ogier and Daniel Sordo, Spanish drivers Carlos Sainz Sr. and Carlos Sainz Jr, German drivers Hans-Joachim Stuck and Michael Schumacher, Swedish drivers Stig Blomqvist and Tommi Mäkinen.

2025 World Rally Championship

The 2025 World Rally Championship, also known as WRC 2025, is the 53rd season of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Rally Championship. The tournament will most likely start again in Monte Carlo in January and end in Japan in November. At the moment it is known that a new stage will appear in the new season – the Islas Canarias Rally.

Interesting facts about the WRC

  • The World Rally Championship is the longest running rally event in the world. It has been held since 1973.
  • The Finnish driver Sébastien Loeb has had the most victories in the WRC. He won 80 stages and 9 world championship titles.
  • Finnish driver Kalle Rovanperä is the youngest World Rally Champion. He won the title at the age of 21 years and 290 days.
  • The oldest World Rally Champion is Finnish driver Markku Alén. He won the title at the age of 41 years and 208 days.

Keep an eye on the dates of the World Rally Championship and other events in our Sporting Events Calendar.

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