The FIA World Rally Championship will visit a new country in 2024 when Tet Rally Latvia, formerly known as Tet Rally Liepāja, joins the calendar.
The decision comes after Latvia’s long-time success within the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) and reflects WRC Promoter’s commitment to keep at least one slot in the WRC calendar available for such events.
As the commercial rights holder for both WRC and ERC, WRC Promoter is uniquely positioned to identify and support events which have the potential to grow and become part of the WRC family.
Tet Rally Latvia takes place on gravel roads and has a reputation for being one of the most challenging rallies in Europe, utilising blisteringly fast roads which require inch-perfect skill and precision from drivers and co-drivers.
“It has always been our goal to keep at least one slot in the WRC calendar available to enable an event to rotate from the ERC to the WRC,” explained Peter Thul, Senior Director of Sport for WRC Promoter.
“Tet Rally Latvia becoming the first to be granted this slot is a clear recognition of its sporting and promotional excellence, and the commitment of the Latvian Government to rallying.
“This decision highlights the strategic importance of the Baltic regions for WRC. We have a longstanding relationship with broadcast partner TV3 and look forward to expanded collaboration with them for the 2024 event. This, as well as our ever-increasing network of over 50 broadcasters in more than 150 countries, makes WRC one of the most widely viewed motorsport championships on the planet,” Thul added.
Meanwhile, the legendary EKO Acropolis Rally Greece will remain in the FIA World Rally Championship until at least 2025 following an extended two-year agreement with WRC Promoter.
The rally was also today confirmed to stay in the host city of Lamia for the 2023 edition, building on the resounding success of its past two editions which proved popular with teams, competitors and fans – all of whom enjoyed an abundance of edge-of-seat competition on fierce gravel roads.