Rally Japan will make its return next season and will run for “probably four years.” Say’s the WRC promoter.
The rally in ‘The land of the rising sun’ will take place on the main island of Honshu. There are currently three possible dates for next season – September 12-15, or the first or second week in November pending the final decision by the World Motor Sport Council meeting in October.
Unlike the previous WRC rounds in Japan, which ran on the island of Hokkaido. It will use mountainous stages near Mount Fuji, with the idea of bringing the WRC closer to Tokyo (130km’s away.)
WRC Promoter Managing Director, Oliver Ciesla said: “Great news we can confirm the WRC Promoter came to an agreement with Rally Japan to host an event in Japan from the start of 2019.”
“The proposal will now go to the FIA World Motor Sport Council where we assume we will get a positive approval to bring the rally back to Japan and then the event will take place from 2019 for probably four years. We are very much looking forward to being back in Japan.”
Japan will be the 2nd new rally expected to run next year along with Chile. With Rally Turkey returning this year, the WRC is beginning to become more ‘Global’ after criticism in past at the championship for being ‘too European based’. There is also talks of the Safari Rally returning in 2020.