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The season 2023 of WRC

The great novelty of the WRC 2023, is the Central European Rally.
The new event will be held in areas of three countries, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic, and will be based in the city of Passau, in southeastern Germany.

The WRC season will end on the weekend of November 16-19 in Japan, the home of Toyota, the team that in 2023 will be out to defend the drivers' and manufacturers' titles it has won this season.

Enjoy all information about the 2023 World Rally Championship season: new cars, new pilots, new calendar...

Season 2023 WRC calendar

The 2023 WRC season confirmed events:

1 [MC] Rallye de Monte-Carlo
19 - 22 Jan
Sébastien Ogier
2 [SE] Rally Sweden
09 - 12 Feb
Ott Tänak
3 [MX] Rally Mexico
16 - 19 Mar
Sébastien Ogier
4 [HR] Croatia Rally
20 - 23 Apr
Elfyn Evans
5 [PT] Rallye de Portugal
11 - 14 May
Kalle Rovanpera
6 [IT] Rally Sardinia
01 - 04 Jun
Thierry Neuville
7 [KE] Safari Rally
22 - 25 Jun
Sébastien Ogier
8 [EE] Rally Estonia
20 - 23 Jul
Kalle Rovanpera
9 [FI] Rally Finland
03 - 06 Aug
Elfyn Evans
10 [GR] Acropolis Rally of Greece
07 - 10 Sep
11 [CL] Rally Chile
28 Sep - 01 Oct
12 [EU] Central Europe Rally
26 - 29 Oct
13 [JP] Rally Japan
16 - 19 Nov

Next World Rally Championship race

The next rally in the WRC is , .

WRC 2023 teams and pilots

Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT

[BE] Thierry Neuville
[FI] Esapekka Lappi
[ES] Dani Sordo
[IE] Craig Breen

M-Sport Ford WRT

[EE] Ott Tänak
[FR] Pierre-Louis Loubet

Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT

[FI] Kalle Rovanperä
[GB] Elfyn Evans
[JP] Takamoto Katsuta
[FR] Sébastien Ogier

History of the World Rally Championship

The first edition of the World Rally Championship was held in 1973, organized by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) from various championships that were disputed internationally.
Mainly from the European Rally Championship, the oldest supranational rally championship that was organized in the world, a test that the FIA has been organizing since 1953. And the International Championship of Brands, which was held from 1970 to 1972.
Starting in 1973, the FIA established a worldwide competition, increasing the calendar to thirteen tests, ten of them in Europe, two in Africa and one in America. That included the historic Monte Carlo Rally, RAC Rally, Acropolis Rally, Safari Rally or the Thousand Lakes Rally.

From 1973 to 1976 only the constructors' championship was disputed, but between 1977 and 1978, the FIA Cup for rally drivers was held, which was the predecessor of the World Championship for Drivers which included the world championship events (in Monte Carlo, Sweden, Portugal, Safari, Acropolis, Poland, Finland, Canada, San Remo, Corsica, Great Britain...) and several that were only scoring for the FIA Cup (such as the Rally of Scotland, San Martino di Castrozza...).
The first official world rally champion was Björn Waldegård in 1979.


Timo Salonen
72 years old
on October 8

Martin Prokop
41 years old
on October 4

Kalle Rovanperä
23 years old
on October 1

Gilles Panizzi
58 years old
on August 8

Colin McRae
55 years old
on August 5

Kris Meeke
44 years old
on July 2

Adrien Fourmaux
28 years old
on May 3

Dani Sordo
40 years old
on May 2

Jari-Matti Latvala
38 years old
on April 3

Guy Fréquelin
78 years old
on April 2

Juha Kankkunen
64 years old
on April 2

Statistics of the World Rally Championship

Rallypedia collects all the data of the World Rally Championship (WRC) offering it in a structured and navigable way: winners of the drivers' and manufacturers' championship, all rallies, the manufacturers, the cars, the drivers...
And historical rankings of the competition or statistics of fatal accidents.

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