Rally highlight in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic with around 313 stage kilometres. Supported by hundreds of volunteers from the region. Organisation focusing on safety and crowd control.
Taking place from 26 – 29 October in the three-country border area shared by Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, the Central European Rally will require a huge amount of organisational effort. Here are the key facts about this World Rally Championship, the first WRC event ever to take place in three countries, linking three European regions in sport.
Route (numbers rounded, subject to amendment)
is the overall distance of the CER
will be raced on a total of 18 special stages.
is the distance of the longest special stage (Mühltal in Austria on Saturday).
European countries will be traversed during the CER – a first on the WRC calendar. The total of 18 special stages will include:
special stage tracks (incl. shakedown) in Germany,
special stage tracks in Austria and
special stage tracks (2 of which are Super Special Stages) in the Czech Republic.
marshals are responsible for safety at the special stages
marshals will take care of security and procedural regulation at the service park
MIC (Medical Intervention Cars) will stand ready each day at the special stages to swiftly provide emergency medical assistance to any participants involved in an accident.
ambulances with around
medical personnel (paramedics and emergency physicians) will provide medical support each day at the special stages and in the service park
fire-fighting vehicles with dozens of members of the volunteer and professional fire brigades from around the region will be ready to react to fires at the special stages.
metres of ”onion sacks” will be used as mobile barriers to clearly demarcate spectator zones, for example.
metres of barrier tape has been ordered by the rally to show visitors the right path. In common with much of the material used, this has been procured from local suppliers and is produced primarily from recycled material.
persons are in action around the special stages, showing the way to the parking areas, driving the visitor shuttles, and fulfilling other roles
persons form the core of the organisational team, which has been working on detailed preparations for the World Championship race since late 2022.
persons make up rally control, the central steering body in charge of the CER during the event week.
persons are active in the extended organisational team – these include sports commissioners, the DEKRA Technical Commissioners, assistants for scrutineering, document inspection, etc.
vehicles with electric or hydrogen propulsion are to be used for transportation and trips by rally organisers
large waste stations at each spectator point will be used to carefully sort waste
catering facilities will be keeping people fed and watered in the service park and at the special stages. Everyone involved will be using recycling or returnable crockery.
special honorary awards will be presented by the CER to the most successful rally teams. These trophies will be made in local workshops by persons with disabilities.
document pouches will be presented to the rally teams by the CER. These are produced from discarded advertising banners.