Calendars and conspiracies in Istanbul

They're waiting for any mention of the WRC...

They’re waiting for any mention of the WRC…

The FIA World Council met in Istanbul yesterday to wrap up any business that needs attention before the festive season… among which the WRC did not long detain the members from their plum duff.

‘Twas the month before Monte and all through the house/Not a delegate spoke of rally/Nor of Red Bull Media House…

The date of the Rallye Deutschland was confirmed and the calendar provisionally finalised but beyond that… all was quiet. So, in the absence of any other news, here’s the calendar to be going on with:

2013 FIA World Rally Championship calendar:

Rallye Monte-Carlo: 20 January 2013

Rally Sweden: 10 February 2013

Rally Mexico: 10 March 2013

Rallye de Portugal: 14 April 2013

Rally Argentina: 5 May 2013

Acropolis Rally (Greece): 2 June 2013

Rally d’Italia: 23 June 2013

Rally Finland: 4 August 2013

Rallye Deutschland: 25 August 2013

Rally Australia: 15 September 2013

Rallye de France: 6 October 2013

Rally de Espana: 27 October 2013

Rally of Great Britain: 17 November 2013

The question on many lips is over what, if anything, is delaying the announcement of Red Bull Media House’s plans to promote the series in 2013. There are dark mutterings about arguments over image rights, with a potential knock-on impact for traditional media coverage.

It’s all grist to the mill of those who feel somewhat short-changed by the WRC in recent years, and the FIA and Red Bull really needs t0 act swiftly and decisively in the days ahead to head off the conspiracy theorists if the Monte Carlo Rally is to deliver what the fans hope it will: a bright start to a new season.

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