FIA EUROPEAN RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
The FIA European Rallycross Championship, presented by Monster Energy, supports the FIA World Rallycross Championship, and remains the only FIA sanctioned Rallycross Championship in the world. The calendar for 2017 features five rounds across Europe; Spain, Norway, Sweden, France and Latvia and elevates the sport to a previously unparalleled level.
Rallycross hosts teams racing specially designed production-based cars boasting almost twice the power of World Rally Championship (WRC) cars, which accelerate faster than an F1 car delivering 0-60mph in less than two seconds. Each event is centred on a series of short, sharp, all-action races over a mixed circuit of asphalt and loose gravel.
Total television audience numbers for last year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship shows an increase of more than 550% in dedicated coverage (live, as-live or highlights), broadcast hours reveal a 444% increase with TV stations broadcasting 3,982 hours of World RX coverage throughout the season, while combined household reach nearly doubled as the number of broadcasters covering World RX rose to 58.
The Championship also witnessed huge growth via social media with the overall, average reach across all platforms per event rising from 430,000 in 2013 to 6.7 million in 2014 and live event attendance was another success story with a 130% increase in fans attending races in 2014.
2017 FIA European Rallycross Championship schedule
Round 1: Barcelona, Spain – 1st/2nd April
Round 2: Hell, Norway – 10th/11th June
Round 3: Höljes, Sweden – 1st/2nd July
Round 4: Lohéac, France – 2nd/3rd September
Round 5: Riga, Latvia – 16th/17th September
The French Rallycross Championship is the oldest rallycross championship in the world, having been in existence since its first event at Lohéac in September 1976. It is also considered by many to be the most important domestic rallycross championship in the world with nine races in its national territory, together with a round of the World Rallycross Championship in Lohéac (France RX).
The championship is held dear to the French public, enjoying by thousands of enthusiastic supporters at every race offering the opportunity to get close to the cars and drivers. Administered since 1982 by the AFOR (French Association of Organizers of Rallycross) and labeled by the FFSA (French Federation of Motor Sport), the series is now represented by a single brand ‘Rallycross France’.
Broadcast on La Chain L’Equipe for the first time in full last year, Rallycross France was seen by almost three million people on television, with an average 65,000 viewers each round. Rallycross France also enjoyed increased visitor attendance at each event, particularly the Dreux round which was also broadcast live.
2017 Rallycross France Schedule
Round 1: Ducs – 29th/30th April
Round 2: Faleyras – 3rd/4th June
Round 3: Châteauroux Saint Maur – 24th/25th June
Round 4: Sarthe Lavaré – 8th/9th July
Round 5: Kerlabo – 29th/30th July
Round 6: Pont de Ruan – 26th/27th August
Round 7: Mayenne – 16th/17th September
Round 8: Lessay-Manche – 30th September/1st October
Round 9: Dreux – 14th/15th October
MSA BRITISH RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Great Britain remains the spiritual home of Rallycross with the sport having started in the UK in 1973 and the British Rallycross Championship regularly attracts drivers from across Europe and beyond. The calendar for 2016 comprises eight rounds at the UK’s top rallycross tracks; Croft x2, Pembrey x3, Lydden Hill x 2, and a return to Belgium for one round at Maasmechelen.
Benefitting from live timing, and BT Sport television coverage from each round, BRX is enjoying a resurgence last seen in the late 1980s, with a quality and quantity field committed for each round.
2016 MSA British Rallycross Championship
Round 1: Croft, North Yorkshire – 6th March
Round 2: Lydden Hill, Kent – 27th/28th March
Round 3: Pembrey, Wales – 1st May
Round 4: Pembrey, Wales – 2nd May
Round 5: Maasmechelen, Belgium – 16th/17th July
Round 6: Lydden Hill, Kent – 26 August
Round 7: Pembrey, Wales – 25th September
Round 8: Croft, North Yorkshire – 22nd October