Mexico contests against Argentina and US for its stay at WRC calendar

The WRC event director, Simon Larkin, says that there is only one place at WRC calendar for a country from United States of America after Chile has signed a multi-year contract with WRC Promoter.

Rally Mexico returned to World Rally Championship in 2023 after a two-year absence from the calendar and is fighting to remain in WRC for next season. However, WRC Promoter wants to bring back US to the calendar as 1988 was the last time when a rally organised there. In addition to these countries, Argentina is among the canditates to make its come back to WRC as it has been four years since the crews travelled to South America.

"Our absolute ambition is to have two events in the Americas next year", Larkin said.

"Chile is in for next year just as it is for this year. 

"There’s a multi-year deal in Chile – so that’s one of the two slots.

"There were statements from Chattanooga earlier this week about the US joining. 

"There’s still a lot of work to be done there. 

"There’s a possibility for a formal test event in September; that’s not confirmed. 

"We still have a lot of work to do in particular with the FIA over evaluating the bona fides there.

"No-one would be silly enough to think that that wasn’t our number one target to take the second slot, but if we don’t feel confident in Rally USA reaching the standard we require for a market like the US next year then maybe we look at 2025 with that and we continue with another option in the Americas.

"And for sure, México is absolutely on that list. 

"So, indeed, is Argentina".


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