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Canary Islands signs Spain’s return in WRC from 2025

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The Atlantic acrhipelago will host spanish WRC round for two years and is ready to celebrate Rally Islas Canarias 50th anniversary in 2026. Next year’s rally will run on Gran Canaria in the same fast asphalt format which has made the island event a popular round of the European Rally Championship since 2016.

The World Rally Championship is preparing to return to Spain starting in 2025, following a two-year absence. The last race valid for the world championship was the Rally Catalunya in 2022. As part of the WRC calendar, an asphalt stage is being added during this period, and several candidates are vying for a slot from 2025 onward, including Saudi Arabia, Ireland, and Paraguay.

The Rally Islas Canarias, which has a history dating back to 1977, has been part of the European Rally Championship since 2016. The 2024 edition of this rally, which marks its return to the WRC, will take place on the island of Gran Canaria.

German Morales, CEO of the event promoter Club Deportivo Todo Sport, said: “Bringing the Rally Islas Canarias to the WRC has been the reward for many years of work. It was a goal desired by several generations, and now, together with WRC Promoter, it has become within reach”.

“Since adding the European Rally Championship to our portfolio of championships, we have been left with little doubts about the capabilities of the rally management team to run this rally next year on the WRC calendar.
We are enthusiastic about having Spain back on the WRC calendar and are encouraged to see our clearly defined strategy to have an opportunity for ERC events to have a pathway to WRC coming to fruition as Rally Islas Canarias follows on from Latvia and Poland in 2024″ – added Jona Seibel, WRC Promoter managing director.