Due to the ever-growing challenges to organize a large scale event such as the Rally International du Valais (RIV), its organizer has chosen a new direction with the will to preserve the universally recognized character that has made it successful.
By leaving the Championships that impose constraints increasingly difficult to cope with and by joining the Tour European Rally (TER), the organizing team wishes to make the RIV more affordable for all categories of crews who, year after year, make a point of honour to compete there.
The supplementary regulations of the 57th Rallye International du Valais, a round of the 2016 European Rally Trophy and last encounter of the Tour European Rally, is available from Friday 19 August. The documents necessary for entry are posted on the official event’s website: http://riv.ch/en/. Those who are interested can ask for an ID and password to access the private area in the competitors’ section.
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.
Craig Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5) has been demoted from first place to second at the 56thRallye International du Valais. Following a report from the technical delegate stating that Breen used 20 marked tyres during the rally (while the maximum allowed is 18), the Irishman incurred a 2min penalty. As a consequence, Alexey Lukyanuk (Ford Fiesta R5) is the winner of the last round of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship.