Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (Geneva, Friday 20 March 2015), the FIA has announced that Rallye International du Valais has been confirmed as the 10th and final round of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship.
Based in the towns of Martigny and Sion in southwest Switzerland, the popular asphalt rally will take place from 29-31 October.
“The Rallye International du Valais has enjoyed a long association with the ERC and is popular with drivers and teams due to the spectacular scenery, demanding special stages, central location and significant fan base”, said Jean-Baptiste Ley, ERC Coordinator. “Since the end of the 2014 season, we have remained in close contact with the event promoter and we are pleased to announce the rally’s inclusion on the ERC calendar once again. It will make a fantastic finale to the 2015 series, and we anticipate that many of the ERC champions will be crowned in Switzerland as the battle for title honours goes down to the wire.”
Christian Dubuis, organiser of the event: “This confirmation is a fitting recognition for the whole staff's commitment to maintain the Rallye International du Valais at the highest level of the discipline and all those who support the event.”
On Sunday 1 November, the final prize-giving of the FIA European Rally Championship will take place in Valais.
Author of the famous comics series «Michel Vaillant», Philippe Graton will attend the 85th Geneva International Motor Show. He will sign his books on Saturday 7 March from 17:00 to 18:30 and on Sunday 8 March from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 16:00. This will take place on the booth of the Payot bookseller located at the entrance of Halle 2.
«Liaison dangereuse», the latest adventure of the renowned driver/car manufacturer to date, takes place in the gorgeous landscapes of Valais where Michel Vaillant makes his return to a discipline he holds dear by entering the Rallye International du Valais at the wheel of a Vaillante Cervin. Margot Laffite - daughter of Formula One driver Jacques Laffite - also makes her appearance in this album of which the action develops around Sion and Martigny.
Esapekka Lappi and Sepp Wiegand will battle for the FIA European Rally Championship on the final round next month after the ŠKODA Motorsport aces finished first and third respectively on Rallye International du Valais in Switzerland today.
Nicolas Althaus: "We stiffened the car too much, in the first stage it backfired. The rest was better, I am finding once again my driving skill on gravel, where we drew the lines being the first car on the road."
Jaromir Tarabus: "The long stage was very difficult and slippery, especially in the forest. We are here, the rally continues."
Car number 16 - Mark Higgins / Carl Williamson (Subaru Impreza) - Mechanical problem end SS4
Car number 29 - William Winiger / Sophie Barras (Subaru Impreza) - Mechanical problem on the road section after SS4
Car number 81 Aurèle Vernay / Isaline Tornay (Ford Fiesta R1) - Mechanical problem SS6