The organisers of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge(IRC) have confirmed that the Rallye Monte Carlo will form part of the series in 2009.
Michel Boeri, the president of the Automobile Club de Monaco and Jacques Behar, the president of Intercontinental Rally Challenge promoter Eurosport Events, announced the deal today at the ACM headquarters in Monaco.
It means that the 77th edition of the event will now open the IRC in January next year, at the start of the IRC season that is due to take in between ten and twelve events over three different continents.
The agreement has been made possible as the Monte will not feature as part of the FIA World Rally Championship in '09, due to the new rotation system that comes into force and means each WRC event takes place only once every two years.
Intercontinental Rally Challenge 2008 Calendar
Mar 21-23 IRC: SAFARI RALLY [DROPPED FROM IRC] KENYA
Apr 4-6 IRC: ISTANBUL RALLY TURKEY
May 9-10 IRC: RALLY PORTUGAL PORTUGAL
Jun 27-28 IRC: YPRES WESTHOEK RALLY BELGIUM
Jul 11-12 IRC: RALLY RUSSIA RUSSIA
Aug 1-2 IRC: RALLY VINHO DI MADEIRA PORTUGAL
Aug 22-23 IRC: BARUM RALLY ZLIN CZECH REPUBLIC
Sept 12-13 IRC: PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS RALLY SPAIN
Sept 25-27 IRC: RALLY SANREMO ITALY
Oct 24-25 IRC: RALLY DU VALAIS SWITZERLAND
Nov 7-9 IRC: RALLY CHINA CHINA
Intercontinental Rally Challenge:
"The Intercontinental Rally Challenge wishes to give new opportunities to young or amateur rally drivers competing in recognized regional and international rallies, while offering organisers an innovative TV format concept, created by Eurosport."