Sat 01 Apr 2023

ERC bosses go in search of weird and wonderful stage locations

Inspired by Rally Islas Canarias organisers routing part of their event-opening super special stage through a basketball stadium, FIA European Rally Championship bosses are using 1 April as the day to call on other rounds of the series to get even more creative.

They will offer a five-year calendar extension to the rally that comes up with the most unusual setting for a special stage and are urging rally organisers not to hold back when considering the ultimate stage location.

“For a championship that once included a stage within a UN Buffer Zone, nothing is off-limits and we’re really looking forward to receiving the first proposals from our much-valued event organisers,” said ERC Championship Manager Iain Campbell. “As long as the stage meets all the usual safety requirements, we’ll give every submission serious consideration and hand a five-year contract extension to the best proposal. 

“We’ve already had a few preliminary discussions with our event organisers. We can’t say too much right now but the rally that has proposed closing a major international airport for a floodlit super special is already an early contender for the contract extension.

“We’ve also heard from one event organiser who is planning to convert an old athletics track into a stage and another who has permission to build a stage in a theme park with a section of the stage built alongside an actual rollercoaster track.”

The image of the ski-jumping hill located at the Tehvandi Sports Center in Otepää, Estonia, is taken from the FIAERC archive and appears for inspirational purposes only.

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