The FIA European Historic Rally Championship (EHRC) returns in 2021 and is a chance to see some of the most evocative rally machinery from a bygone era in all their glory. From the Touring Cars and GTs of the ‘50s and ‘60s to Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the ‘70s and finally the unmistakable Groups A, B and N of the ‘80s, the FIA EHRC is a veritable time machine for rally fans around the world.
There is an incredible array of cars entered for the 2021 season including Ford Sierra Cosworth 4x4, Porsche Carrera RSR, BMW M3, Alfa Romeo 1750 GTAM, Ford Escort RS, Subaru Legacy, Audi quattro, Lancia Rally 037 and Lancia Delta HF Integrale to name just a few.
There is so much more to the EHRC than recreating the past. This is action packed, stage rallying, with the competitors push their cars to the limit as they go head-to-head on some of the most challenging special stages found anywhere on continental Europe.
2021 EHRC CALENDAR
After the 2020 calendar had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 championship will feature the same nine events that would’ve been included last year. The pandemic is still having an impact, with the Rally Costa Brava moving from March to November, the Rally Asturias Historico moving from May to September and all events are subject to local public health restrictions.
9-11 April 36th San Remo Rally Storico ITA Asphalt
5-7 May 29th Historic Vltava Rallye CZE Asphalt
25-27 June 53rd Mecsek Rallye HUN Asphalt
15-17 July Rallye Weiz AUT Asphalt
13-14 August Lahti Historic Rally FIN Gravel
2-4 September Rally Asturias Histórico ESP Asphalt
19-21 September 33rd Rally Elba Storico ITA Asphalt
21-23 October Rallye International du Valais CHE Asphalt
19-20 November 69 Rally Costa Brava ESP Asphalt
The competitors are divided into four categories, which are then sub divided into groups depending on engine size and, in the case of Category 1, the age of the car –
Category 1 - Road legal cars built between 1/1/1931 and 31/12/ 1957 and Touring / GT cars homologated between 1/1/1958 and 31/12/1969.
Category 2 - Touring (T), Competition Touring (CT), Grand Touring (GT) and Competition Grand Touring (GTS) cars of Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4, models homologated between 1/1/1970 and 31/12/1975.
Category 3 - Touring (T), Competition Touring (CT), Grand Touring (GT) and Competition Grand Touring (GTS) cars of Groups 1 2, 3 and 4, models homologated between 1/1/1976 and 31/12/1981.
Category 4 - Touring (T), Competition Touring (CT), Grand Touring (GT) and Competition Grand Touring (GTS) cars of Groups A, B and N, models homologated between 1/1/1982 and 31/12/1985 (Period J1) and models homologated between 1/1/1986 and 31/12/1990 (Period J2).
Eight of the nine events on the 2021 calendar will be on asphalt while the Lahti Historic Rally in Finland will be on gravel. Two events, the Sanremo Rally Storico and Rallye International du Valais, return to the championship calendar, replacing the Ypres Historic Rally and the Rally Alpi Orientali on the schedule.
In the 2021 FIA Sporting Regulations competitions may include:
Special stages on roads and circuits.
The maximum average speed authorised on rally special stages must not exceed 120kph.
The total distance of special stages shall be not less than 130km and not more than 200km.
Stages on circuits shall not constitute more than 50% of the total distance of special stages.
Special stages on roads shall not be longer than 35km each.
Category points will be allocated to the classified Drivers and Co-drivers in each category as follows:
1st overall 8 points
2nd overall 6 points
3rd overall 5 points
4th overall 4 points
5th overall 3 points
6th overall 2 points
7th overall 1 point.