Barum Czech Rally Zlin 2020 - 28-30/08/2020
Where: Zlín, Czech Republic
The rally in 100 words: Ever-present on the ERC schedule since the championship’s streamlining in 2004, Barum Czech Rally Zlín is based in the South Moravian university city, 300 kilometres south of the Czech capital Prague. It is a Tarmac test like no other due to the bumpy and sometimes broken nature of the road surface. To add to the challenge, several stages feature high-speed blasts through forests and intermittent showers are always possible. While the weather might be hard to predict, huge numbers of fans follow the action, especially on the opening night-time Zlín superspecial stage. The long-term ERC rally turns 50 in 2020.
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 3 of 7
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 3 of 5
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 3 of 5
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 3 of 5
Also counting for…
FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams
What’s new for 2020?
To mark the rally’s half-century, organisers are planning a return to “old and legendary stages”, while the event is set to offer crews a competitive distance in excess of 230 kilometres after special dispensation was received from the FIA, motorsport’s governing body. Last year’s event covered a distance of less than 220 kilometres. “With this anniversary we want to offer something special to the crews,” said Miloslav Regner, the Barum Czech Rally Zlín Clerk of the Course. “At least for this one special year we would like to return to some old and legendary stages. Of course, it requires many negotiations with villages and property owners at places where the rally has not been run for many years. But the approved exception gives us a room for arranging the route and we believe that its final shape will be extraordinary.” Barum Czech Rally Zlín’s half century will enforce its partnership with title sponsor Continental Barum, which opened its tyre factory in Otrokovice in 1971, the year of the first Barum Rally. For many years a stage was run around the factory’s grounds, which now accommodate the event’s service park. As well as the association with Continental Barum, confirmation that the event will continue to form part of the ERC schedule extends a relationship that began in 1983 when the Zlín-based event hosted the FIA European Rally Championship for the first time.
2019: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo)
2018: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2016: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2015: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
1: Zlín’s rise from small town to big city is credited to Tomáš Bat’a, who founded a shoe factory there in 1894. His old office – located in a moving elevator – is preserved in the Regional Authority Building 21, which is home to the Barum Czech Rally Zlín’s headquarters.
2: Now established as a bustling university city, Zlín’s south-eastern Moravia setting is 300 kilometres from the Czech capital Prague and 220 kilometres from the Austrian capital Vienna.
3: Zlín became Gottwaldov from 1949-1990 after the first Czech communist president, Klement Gottwald.
4: Barum Czech Rally Zlín ran for the first time in 1971 and turns 50 in 2020. Jan Halmažna took the inaugural honours in a ŠKODA 1100 MB.
5: Event sponsor Continental Barum’s giant tyre factory and distribution centre in nearby Otrokovice hosts the rally’s permanent service park.
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 16 (2004-2019)
Stage distance: TBA
Liaison distance: TBA
Total distance: TBA
Free Practice (for priority drivers): TBA
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): TBA
Shakedown (for all drivers): TBA
Start order selection: TBA
Ceremonial start: TBA
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Results and live timing: https://www.fiaerc.com/live-timing/