There is good news for rallycross fans, who now have less time to wait to see the sport’s finest drivers in action with a calendar reshuffle bringing forward the start of the 2023 season by three weeks.
The changes to the schedule have been necessitated by the unstable nature of the global logistics market and the extended shipping times required to accommodate the events outside of Europe. The revised dates were approved during the latest meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
The European season-opener at Nyirád in Hungary – a popular returnee to the schedule last year – will take place three weeks sooner than planned, on 29-30 April. The World Championship will then get underway two weeks ahead of its own original date, as World RX of Portugal kick-starts the action on 3-4 June.
The Circuito Internactional de Montalegre staged the very first World RX event back in 2014, and will also raise the curtain on the series’ tenth campaign in the same year that the track celebrates its quarter-century.
On the subject of anniversaries, the championship will mark its 100th round in Hell, Norway a fortnight later (17-18 June), with the ‘Magic Weekend’ at Höljes in Sweden (1-2 July), Lydden Hill in the UK (22-23 July) and Mettet in Belgium (5-6 August) all similarly unchanged.
The final European event of the campaign at Germany’s Estering moves forward by three weeks to 19-20 August, followed by the end-of-season long-haul jaunts to Cape Town in South Africa and a soon-to-be-announced venue in Asia, both two weeks earlier than initially projected on 7-8 October and 11-12 November respectively.
2023 FIA World Rallycross Championship Calendar
April 29-30 Euro RX1/RX3 Euro RX of Hungary, Nyirád
June 3-4 Round 1 World RX of Portugal, Montalegre
June 17-18 Round 2 World RX of Norway, Hell
July 1-2 Round 3 World RX of Sweden, Höljes
July 22-23 Round 4 World RX of United Kingdom, Lydden Hill *
August 5-6 Round 5 World RX of Benelux, Mettet *
August 19-20 Round 6 World RX of Germany, Estering
October 7-8 Rounds 7/8 World RX of South Africa, Cape Town *
November 11-12 Rounds 9/10 TBA, Asia *
* Subject to track homologation