IRC: Curitiba International Rally Preview

Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IFebruary 13, 2009

While the WRC teams are trying to stay warm on the frozen back roads of Scandinavia at the Rally Norway the teams from the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) are packing their sunscreen for their next rally in Brazil .

Teams competing in the Curitiba International Rally next month are being told to anticipate plenty of high-speed action. This event marks Brazil 's first appearance on the IRC calendar and will form the second round of the series from March 5-7.

Known as the Graciosa Rally for the last 29 years, the rally has adopted a new identity this season to reflect its no found status after it was included on the IRC schedule for 2009.

"The drivers coming to Brazil will experience a very traditional rally but with different characteristics," said Marcos Marcola, Promoter of the Curitiba International Rally. "The stages will be very fast and will demand a lot from the drivers."

Visiting the IRC-opening Monte Carlo Rally last month, Marcola said the trip was exceedingly worthwhile. "The organization was impeccable," He stated. "It was a good experience and I am sure we will have a rally worthy of the worldwide status the IRC demands. The cars in the IRC are spectacular and our public will see some very impressive performances."

The event will include a ceremonial start in the centre of Curitiba on Thursday March 5 and will consist of a total competitive distance of 234.65 kilometers.