The RACC is already negotiating the return of the Catalunya Rally to the World Championship in 2024
The Royal Automobile Club of Catalonia is already negotiating the return of the RallyRACC Catalonia Costa Dorada to the specialty World Championship in 2024. The charismatic event, based in Salou and which allows the tourist season to be extended with the presence of the best teams and drivers and the thousands of fans who drag, has been left out of the 14-race pre-calendar for next season.
His exclusion coincides with the circumstance that the RACC contract with the promoter of the event has expired, and the fact that they must return to the World Cup tests that fell due to the Covid-19 pandemic (especially the South American ones from Mexico, Chile and Argentina), as well as the limitation of the European calendar so as not to raise the costs of the participants.
The list, however, has not yet been officially approved. And in fact the World Council of the International Automobile Federation has postponed its final decision, waiting to have all the guarantees of the new organizers.
This casuistry has led, during the last few days in Salou, to a multitude of speculations about the future of the event that the director of the RallyRACC, Jordi Barrabés, has clarified when asked by Diari de Tarragona. “It is true that we are not in the 2023 pre-calendar due to this post-pandemic situation and that the options to host the World Cup next year are few, I would say 10%, but neither is that list definitive nor does it mean that we no longer return as it has been said in some media”, says Barrabés himself.
In fact, the director of the race anticipates that the RACC is already negotiating with the promoter of the World Cup with a view to the 2024 edition, since the will of the administrations and agents involved in the financing of the race (Tarragona Provincial Council, Salou City Council , Secretary General of Sports, PortAventura World and the RACC) is to continue on the Costa Daurada. «It is not a problem of money that we continue or not, although the promoters increase the fees to continue. It is a strategic theme of the territory », he adds.
Barrabés also assures that, if the RallyRACC does not score for the World Championship in 2023, it could do so for the European Championship and also for the Spanish Championship. "Whether we host the European will depend on the conditions of the promoter, which is the same as the World Cup."
An impact of 45 million
The Costa Daurada has been the epicenter of the race since 2005, when the RACC left Lloret de Mar and the Costa Brava to move to Salou and Port Aventura due to its greater logistical capacity for a race of this size.
Since then, the RallyRACC has only stopped taking place in 2020, due to Covid-19, although that edition was already scheduled not to score for the World Championship due to the rotation system between the fixed tests.
The presence of the race has an annual economic impact on the Costa Daurada of between 40 and 45 million euros, translated into 140,000 spectators following the race on foot and staying in hotels and a television audience of over 90 million (including summaries and live sections).