Created in 1960, the Rallye International du Valais (RIV) has been part of the European Rally Championship (ERC) in its successive forms since 1980. It has also be a round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) in 2007 and 2008, before it became an iconic event within the European Championship, which is deemed to be the antechamber of the World Championship (WRC).
Following talks at the highest level, it has sadly become clear that it was not possible to earn access to the pinnacle of road competitions for the moment because there are too many rallies on the European continent. Furthermore, the Rallye International du Valais has not taken the positive benefits it was entitled to expect out of the European Rally Championship promotion as it is currently operated. After having made an assessment, the decision was made to withdraw the RIV from the abovementioned series.