Unique, bringing people together and sustainable: That is the new Central European Rally. The ADAC e. V., the Autoklub from the Czech Republic and the Austrian Motorsport Federation (AMF) from Austria are bringing the FIA World Rally Championship to the heart of Europe with an innovative concept. The World Automobile Association FIA has included the Central European Rally 2023 in the World Championship calendar, the premiere is planned for October 26th to 29th, 2023. The joint holding of the major sporting event in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria is a clear sign of the cohesion between the nations and a unique joint project in European motorsport.
The start of the Central European Rally is planned in Prague, after which the participants will go on varied and challenging special stages in the Czech Republic, Austria and in Lower Bavaria in the districts of Freyung-Grafenau and Passau. The finish line is planned in Passau. Not only do three rivers meet there, but the Central European Rally, which is held in three nations, also comes to a worthy end with the winner’s ceremony. Due to its central location in the three-country region, Passau forms the heart of the four-day rally with the service park at the Passau-Kohlbruck exhibition center.
The FIA World Rally Championship is a globally respected world championship with a TV broadcast in more than 150 nations. The vehicles in the top class demonstrate future technology with efficient hybrid technology and sustainable, 100% fossil-free fuel as well as new ways of mobility and are therefore an important multiplier when it comes to sustainability.
ADAC Sports President Dr. Gerd Ennser: “We are very pleased that the FIA WRC is returning to Germany in 2023 and that in Lower Bavaria we can count on the routes in the Freyung-Grafenau and Passau districts that were tried and tested in the ADAC 3-City Rally. The joint alignment with the Czech Autoklub and the AMF is an important sign in the direction of international understanding and will ensure an intensive connection far beyond the region.With our strong partners, we will make this World Championship race a great experience for spectators and visitors from all over Europe.The FIA With its vehicle technologies and forward-looking fuels, WRC is a world championship that makes sustainable and contemporary motorsport come alive. This makes the Central European Rally, as a world championship race, a major European sporting event that fits in perfectly with the ADAC.”
Jan Stovicek, President Autoklub Ceské Republiky and member of the FIA World Motorsport Council: “A round of the FIA WRC in the Czech Republic is a dream of fans from many generations. Together with our friends from our partner associations in Germany and Austria, we have succeeded in making this dream come true. Rally is one of the most popular motorsport disciplines in the Czech Republic, many fans are excited about the FIA WRC and have a first chance to see the World Championship in their home country.We can be proud of the World Rally Championship due to the long tradition of the Czech automotive industry , to fulfill the legacy of our ancestors who were pioneers in automotive engineering.The concept of the Central European Rally was developed in line with modern standards for top events on the basis of cross-border cooperation.I am convinced that the rally will not only be unforgettable Experiences also lead to an increased international perception de r Czech Republic as a motorsport nation and will make a significant contribution to tourism and the economy of our country. The unique concept of the Central European Rally is also characterized by the start in Prague, in the heart of Europe. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the realization of this idea and my colleagues at the FIA World Motorsport Council for their trust.”
Univ.-Prof. dr Harald Hertz, President of the Austrian Motorsport Federation AMF: “We are happy and proud to be able to present the FIA WRC 2023 in Austria. Enthusiasm for motorsport has a long tradition in Austria: As a comparatively small European country, we have been the host country for high-ranking for many years Motorsport world championships such as Formula 1 and MotoGP.The rally tradition in the Mühlviertel, the January Rally or the special stages of the 3-city rally, which we have been holding in Upper Austria for years, demonstrate the importance of motorsport in Austria There are always motorsport events in Austria and together with our partners we will ensure that the FIA WRC also becomes a crowd puller. However, the FIA WRC is not just an experience for motorsport enthusiasts, it is also an important symbol of cross-border cooperation in Europe.”
Note for media representatives:
In order to inform you about the World Rally Championship round, we would like to invite you to a virtual press conference on Monday, November 28th at 12 noon.
Information about the Central European Rally:
– dr Gerd Ennser, ADAC Sports President
– Jan Stovicek, President of Autoklub Ceské Republiky
– Univ.-Prof. dr Harald Hertz, President of the Austrian Motorsport Federation
You can use the following link to take part in the virtual press conference and also submit your questions during the press conference: https://adac.we-bcast.com/ . No software installation is required. Alternatively, you can stream the press conference live at youtube.com/adac (https://youtu.be/cxTnEekKYmk) pursue.
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