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After several years with the two types of races - Bajas and Rallies, joint in one single competition - The FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, the governing body of world's motor sport decided to split them in two different competitions, one for each type of event.   
The renewed FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies will have 5 events , 4 that already were part of competition and a new one, which is the Turkmen Desert  Race.   
As for the Baja Competition, it will be made of 8 races.  The calendar follows a sequence of races that is not new, with the exception of the introduction of Jordan Baja in September.  As for the others, all of them are races that were already in the older version of the FIA World Cup and that now have transited to the new Baja World Cup.   The season starts as usual in Russia in February and will finish in Portugal by the end of October.

 
2019 FIA WORLD CUP for Cross Country – RALLIES
DATES RACE COUNTRY
21-26 February Manateq Qatar Cross‐Country Rally Qatar
30 March - 04 April Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge UAE
05-11 May Turkmen Desert Race Turkmenistan
26 May - 01 June Rally Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
04-08 October Rallye du Maroc Morocco
 
2019 FIA WORLD CUP for Cross Country - BAJAS
DATES RACE COUNTRY
14-17 February Baja Russia‐Northern Forest Russia
07-09 March Dubai Baja UAE
20-23 June Italian Baja Italy
25-28 July Baja España Aragón Spain
08-11 August Hungarian Baja Hungary
29 August - 01 September Baja Poland Poland
19-21 September Jordan Baja Jordan
24-26 October Baja Portalegre 500 Portugal

The OiLibya Rally of Morocco is remaining the meeti ng of the end of the year for all the greatest pilots of cross-country rally. International event, Final of the FIM World Championship and last rally of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, this rally continues to gather more than 1000 participants, including 300 competitors of all levels, from the all around the world in 2016.
Biggest cross-country rally of Africa, the OiLibya Rally of Morocco always keeps is fundamentals to combine professionalism and friendliness. It enables all the participants to live their own adventure alongside the greatest internationals pilots.
With the support of his High Majesty the King Mohammed VI, the different federations and a solid organisation team, this event is recognized by his specificiti es of the race and the serious security system deployed on the rally. All these specificities make it unique and allow it to be the major event of cross-country rally in Africa.
With a high international mediatisation, this rally is perfect to promote you as a partner and show your valuable skills on the best African cross country rally. Surpassing oneself, and competition are the two cornerstones of this fantastic race aims at all types of level. 

COMPETITION CATEGORIES

CARS\TRUCKS\SSV
  • FIA Category Category: counting for the 2017 FIA World Cup for CrossCountry Rallies, open to approved and authorized vehicles of T1, T2 and T3 groups with FIA passport.
  • OPEN AUTO Category: It enables the owners of prototypes or standard vehicle to share the rally-raid pilots’ emoti ons in a convivial way and to amateurs to cross the course of the competi ti on with their 4x4 vehicle without expensive preparation.
  • OPEN TRUCK Category: This category will bring together the usual tenors of the discipline and will facilitate the arrival of the greatest number with particular regulati on that meets the crews’ expectations.
  • SSV: An event dedicated to SSV, in an original confi gurati on with a range of 120kms. A specifi c ranking is dedicated for this category. Vehicles that are FFSA registered.

BIKES / QUAD
  • FIM Category: Category for pilots and counti ng for the 2017 FIM World Championship for Cross Country Rallies. Prepared vehicles are subject to FIM CC 2017 regulations.
  • ENDURO CUP Category: Category open to experienced endure riders looking to experience the diff erent terrain of Morocco with special road-book, and beginners in Rally-raid wishing to attend the event with their own original bike or quad.

OILIBYA RALLY OF MOROCCO 2017 PROGRAM 
Wednesday 8th March : Opening of registrations 
Thrusday 30th April: End of Flash sale rate 
Monday 10th March: End of preferential rate 
Tuesday 15th August: End of standard rate 
Friday 15th September: End registrations 
Wednesday 4th October: Scrutineering and technical checks & NPO ACADEMY 
Thursday 5th October: Super Stage 
Friday 6th to Tuesday 10th October: SS1 to SS5 OiLibya Rally of Morocco 2017 
Tuesday 10th October: Final arrival and official awards ceremony 

CONTACTS:
Cyril DUMONT - Competitors manager
Nicolas PIERRE-FANFAN and Mélanie SERVELL - Competitors assistants
Phone: +33 4 42 840 843 - +33 6 11 31 18 94
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NPO EVENTS
Adress: 276 avenue du Douard – ZI Les Paluds 13400 AUBAGNE
Phone: +33 4 42 840 841
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Website: rallyemaroc.npo.fr / www.npo.fr
A Cross-Country Rally is a sporting event which the itinerary covers the territory of one or several countries. There are three types of Cross-Country event : Cross-Country Rally, Cross-Country Marathon Rally (Marathon) and Cross-Country Baja (Baja).

A Cross-Country Rally is an event with a total distance between 1200 and 3000km. The total distance for the selective sections must be at least 1200km. The event must tast no more than 8 days (including scrutineering and Super special stage).

Events are open to vehicles of a maximum gross weight of up to 3500kg for Groups T1, T2, and T3, and greater than 3500kg for Group T4, in due possession of a registration certificate. The vehicles shall be split up into the following categories:
  • Group T1 : Prototypes Cross-Country Vehicles - The organiser must provide for a two-wheel drive category within Group T1.
  • Group T2 : Series Production Cross-Country Vehicles - Vehicles homologated in the Cross-country Group. 
  • Group T3 : Improved Cross-Country Vehicles - Lightweight.
  • Group T4 : Series Cross-Country Trucks (at the organisers' discretion except for Bajas). - There are two cylinder classes: Class 1 for trucks fitted with an engine with a nominal cylinder capacity of 10 000 cc or over. Class 2 for trucks fitted with an engine with a nomial cylinder capacity of less than 10 000cc.  There will be a separate classification for T4 trucks.
The FIA organises the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies which includes the following awards:
World Cups for Drivers, for Co-Drivers and for Teams.
FIA cups for T2 Drivers and for T2 Teams.
FIA cups for T3 Drivers and T3 Teams.
 
The calendar for the 2018 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies was confirmed:
 
Dates Country Race
16-18 February Russia Baja Russia-Northern Forest
10-11 March Abu Dhabi Dubai International Baja
24-29 March or 1-6 April* Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
17-22 April* Qatar Qatar Cross Country Rally
27 May – 2 June Kazakhstan Rally Kazakhstan
21-24 June Italy Italian Baja
20-22 July Spain Baja España Aragόn Teruel
9-12 August Hungary Hungarian Baja
30 August – 2 September Poland Baja Poland
7-13 October Morocco Rallye Oilibya du Maroc
25-27 October Portugal Baja Portalegre 500

 
The world’s only “snow” rally – “Russia – Northern Forest 2017”, the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies round, is held in the Republic of Karelia on 24-26 February 2017. 
This competition was the first race in 2017 held in frames of FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.
The first round of the World Cup took place in Russia in 2003. Since then locations and routes have changed, but only severe weather conditions, difficult terrain and uncompromising struggle have remained the same.
“Russia – Northern Forest 2017” is traditionally held as a short rally-raid, called Baja (Spanish word). Its main difference from the long line rallyraids is a looped route to minimize the liaisons between the track special stages.
The race ceremonial start and the Prologue was hold on 24 February at Sortavala, located near the border with Finland. 
Special stages route is longer than 250 km and runs through the reserved places of Sortavala and Suoyarvi districts of Karelia.
Compared to 2016, the route configuration has changed, and racers has to overcome more than 350 km just in two days of competition.

FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies is a multi-round race series, that is held annually in different countries, from the hot United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt and Morocco in the south to the world’s only snow and ice Baja in Russia. In 2016, the World Cup consisted of 10 rounds, each of them is the best race in its country.

RACING CATEGORIES
FIA titles for which the rally counts:
  • One World Cup for Drivers;
  • One World Cup for Co-Drivers;
  • One World Cup for teams;
  • One FIA Cup for T2 drivers;
  • One FIA Cup for T2 teams;
  • One FIA Cup for T3 drivers;
  • One FIA Cup for T3 teams;
  • One FIA Trophy for drivers of two-wheel drive cars;
  • One FIA Trophy for two-wheel drive cars Manufactures
And also for the Russian National Championship

CONTACTS:
Sergey Lebedev
Event director
+7 921 309 08 32
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For participants:
Maria Oparina
Competitors relations coordinator
+7 921 309 09 29
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For press and media:
Lina Arnautova
Head of Media Service
+7 921 939 01 49
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Website: www.bajarussia.com

The legendary UAE Desert Challenge, one of the world's most prestigious international cross country rallies founded by Emirati Motorsport legend and ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem back in 1991,and, over the years has seen many of the biggest names in international motorsport tackle the dunes of the UAE, including Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae, Ari Vatenan, and Heinz Kinigadner. Following his victory in 2015, Marc Coma currently holds the record of eight ADDC titles, winning all but two rallies between 2006 and his retirement in 2015.
The event entered a new era in March 2009 when it was renamed the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge with the five-day motor sport spectacular being staged in its entirety across Abu Dhabi emirate under the auspices of the Abu Dhabi Government, with the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) retaining its event organizational role.
Having celebrated its 26th event in 2016, the 2017 event returns bigger and better as the opening round of the 2017 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship and the third round of the 2017 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, continuing its role as one of Abu Dhabi’s most historic sporting events. This season will see the event follow on from the Dubai International Baja (9th to 11th March 2017), which makes its debut as a round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup (making the UAE the only country to host two events in that championship) and the FIM Bajas World Cup.
While previous Desert Challenges have seen motorbike, quad-bike, four wheel and truck competitors battle cross-emirate stages, the event in recent years has gradually migrated towards a majority routing through Abu Dhabi's majestic desert areas.
During the Challenge, competitors face two days of documentation and scrutineering on a Thursday and Friday, before a Super Special Stage on a Saturday to decides the starting order. The rally then begins in earnest first thing Sunday morning when the competitors leave the initial Rally HQ at the famous Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to begin five days in the Liwa Desert of the Empty Quarter.


RACING CATEGORIES
FIA titles for which the rally counts:
  • One World Cup for Drivers;
  • One World Cup for Co-Drivers;
  • One World Cup for teams;
  • One FIA Cup for T2 drivers;
  • One FIA Cup for T2 teams;
  • One FIA Cup for T3 drivers;
  • One FIA Cup for T3 teams;
  • One FIA Trophy for drivers of two-wheel drive cars;
  • One FIA Trophy for two-wheel drive cars Manufactures
And also for the national Championship
The race also makes part of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.

CONTACTS:
Automobile and Touring Club of UAE
P. O. Box 5078, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates

PHONES
Phone: +971 4 2961122
Fax: +971 4 2961133

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Website: www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com

GUESTS, TOURS & FANS
The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge presents an ideal opportunity, in exotic surroundings, to follow a major event in the motorsport calendar.
The rally is the opening round of both the FIA and the FIM Cross Country Rally World Cups and sets the pace for the 2012 championship titles at stake in the various categories.
Individuals, tour operators, sponsors, manufacturers and groups who wish to watch the action and integrate with the event, may join the competitors at the Bivouac, or the desert camp.
While travel arrangements and accommodation, before and following the rally, cannot be arranged by the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge organisers, tented accommodation and catering, at the Bivouac, as well as attendance at the Gala Dinner/Prizegiving, can be arranged by mailing your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New Cross Country Rally appears on the World Cross Country Map. Kazakhstan joined FIA Cross Country World Cup with its first sand and dunes Rally near the Caspian Sea. 
There were many different attempts to create Cross Country in Caspian Sea region famous for its hot weather and difficult dunes.
And, finally, Automotosport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan is proud to be part of FIA Cross Country World Cup with longest Rally for a moment – 6 stages Rally Kazakhstan.

Ceremonial Start and Finish of the Rally will take place on the main square of Aktau city with incredible view on Caspian Sea. The main hotel Marriot Renaissance Aktau for the moment is the best 5-stars hotel in the city, just 500 meter away from the Ceremonial Start of the Rally.
After the start and first stage, on the 22 May the Rally will move to the Caspian Seashore – Kenderly Sea Resort just 220 km from Aktau. The resort is famous for its warm sea and shallow water. Main and exciting Rally will be in this region, where all sand and dunes located. The average altitude above sea level here is above 0 meters.

First 6 stages Cross Country Rally, more than 2 500 km for the competitors with about 1 900 km of Special Stages, 2 emergency helicopters, medical cars in the route of the Rally, indispensable governemental support and all others are only for creating World Famous Rally Kazakhstan.

RACING CATEGORIES

FIA titles for which the rally counts:
  • One World Cup for Drivers;
  • One World Cup for Co-Drivers;
  • One World Cup for teams;
  • One FIA Cup for T2 drivers;
  • One FIA Cup for T2 teams;
  • One FIA Cup for T3 drivers;
  •  One FIA Cup for T3 teams;
  • One FIA Trophy for drivers of two-wheel drive cars;
  • One FIA Trophy for two-wheel drive cars Manufactures

A National Class, for vehicles not in conformity of international regulations for T1, T2, and T3 vehicles and not counting towards FIA World Cup points, will also be included in the event. There will also be a national class for T4 vehicles.
The entry application will only be accepted if accompanied by the total entry fees or by a receipt issued by the competitor’s National Sporting Authority.

CONTACTS

Organiser Contact Information
Automotosport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan
050010, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazybek Bi 12/24

PHONES
Telephone: +7 727 2939028 
Fax: +7 727 2732020

E-mail: 
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Website: www.rallykazakhstan.com
 
More information about this race soon:


RACING CATEGORIES
FIA titles for which the rally counts:
One World Cup for Drivers;
One World Cup for Co-Drivers;
One World Cup for teams;
One FIA Cup for T2 drivers;
One FIA Cup for T2 teams;
One FIA Cup for T3 drivers;
One FIA Cup for T3 teams;
One FIA Trophy for drivers of two-wheel drive cars;
One FIA Trophy for two-wheel drive cars Manufactures

National Championship

CONTACTS:
QMMF
Qatar Motor & Motocycle Federation Head Quaters in Losail Circuit, Al Wusail, North Relief Road
PO Box 8708

PHONE:
+974 4437 9884

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website: www.qmmf.com


First held in June 1987, the Baja Portalegre was the first cross country rally event to be held in Portugal, taking place in the city of Portalegre (interestingly enough). Created by Clube Aventura, an ex Dakar Rally driver, the event took some four years to come to life and required all sorts of planning and assistance by the local authorities.
Some of rallying’s biggest names have competed at the Baja Portalegre over the years, and almost every year there’s a ‘mini Dakar’ feel to the parc ferme and service areas, especially with some of the huge Dakar support trucks seen lining the pits. Big dollar prototype-style race buggies share work space with almost factory looking SUVs and dual cab pickups.
The race is by far the most important in the Portuguese Championship and the biggest in the European Calendar, getting more entries than any other race. 
From the 1st race, that Baja Portalegre gained a special status, unique and very own.  Every single cross-country rider and driver in Portugal want's to take part in this race. For some this is even the only race they enter in all the year, and more than getting to the top positions, they wish to enter and finihs the race.
But not only inside the track this race is unique. The atmosphere sourrounding the race, with thousands of fans that cheeer the racers and transform the calm and relaxing Alentejo landscape and something resembling a huge party. 

HISTORY
The Baja of Portalegre was the first cross country event held in Portugal, in June 1987, based in Portalegre city.
In fact, Clube Aventura, headed by José Megre, an ex-Dakar Rally driver, had this event in mind since 1983, but it took him almost four years to materialize the idea, since he had to get the help and authorization from the local authorities. 
As the non competitive cross country events had started in 1982, also organised by Megre and some friends under the banner of Clube Todo-o-Terreno, and as some Portuguese drivers were competing in the Dakar Rally since 1982, (himself one of the works drivers of UMM), Megre had a tremendous success when he launched the first Baja of Portalegre, which was the starting the Cross Country discipline in Portugal.
100 cars and more than 100 bikes entered the first Baja Portalegre, which was run under the name Rali Maratona de Portalegre – sponsored by Finicisa.
The event was run on a circuit of 350 km to be done twice with no stops. Heavy rains and mud made the event a tremendous challenge for drivers, cars and bikes.
The second and third time editions, held the two following years, had the entries doubled and the same mud conditions. On the 4th edition, 250 cars and 450 bikes entered, after a memorable 1989 edition where only 10% of the starters finished!!
Since the first year, the bike race was international and the best riders came to Portalegre. From Serge Bacou, Thierry Charbonnier, Gilles Lalay, Stephane Peterhansel, David Castera, Cyril Esquirol, Richard Sainct, Alain Perez, Thierry Magnaldi, etc.. all have participated in the event.
But only in 1995 and 1996, a foreigner rider won (Richard Sainct and Alain Perez).

COMPETITION CATEGORIES
CARS\TRUCKS\SSV
  • FIA Category: Category counting for the 2017 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, open to approved and authorized vehicles of T1, T2 and T3 groups with FIA passport.
  • CPTT FPAK Category: Category counting for the 2017 Portuguese Cross-Country Championship, open to approved and authorized vehicles of T1, T2, T3 and Portuguese Cross-country CUP
  • Iberian Cross Country Cup: Category counting for the Iberian Cross-Country Cup, organized by FPAK (Portugal) and RFEDA (Spain) for autos on T1 and T2 Categories
  • Mazda Challenge: Category for teams that are competing in the Mazda Trophy (exclusive for CPTT)

MOTOS\QUADS\SSV
CPTT FMP Categories: This race countes for the Portuguese Cross-Country Rally Championship, for all his categories.  Due to the regulations in Portugal, the SSV race under diferent rules from FIA

DATES:
Start of the event: 26 Outubro 2017
End of the event: 28 Outubro 2017

CONTACTS:
ACP MOTORSPORT
Rua Rosa Araújo, 24
1250-195 LISBOA
Portugal

Tel: + 351 21 942 91 87
Fax: +351 21 942 91 92

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Internet: www.bajaportalegre500.com



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The mystery of Dakar desert and Baja California left their mark within the sports men and adventurers who were willing to fulfil their spare time with challenging experiences. At the beginning of the eighties, when the mythic Paris-Dakar was already consolidated as one of the most important raids events, a French-Spanish group lead by François Vincent and Carlos Gracia, who was at that moment president of the Aragonesa - Riojana Automobile Federation, decided to import the idea of these two events to Spain. Searching for the best possible route, they found in Aragon a beautiful semi-deserted area called Monegros, an unique place to enjoy, surrounded by amazing landscapes, which offered an ideal framework for the competition and with a perfect terrain for a 1.000 km non stop race. This was the beginning for BAJA SPAIN. At first it was called Montesblancos as the starting point was just besides the Montesblancos Casino. The big difficulties of the event, as the high temperatures and the dense dust, have been since the very first moment the most remarkable characteristics of a competition which has become a “classic” within the World Cup as well as one of the most appreciated in the International Calendar. 
 
After the first three editions, new solicitors took charge of the organization, among them the current managing company Pro-Motor which now, years later, is once again involved with the race. Back on that time, the rules gained importance, this fitting with the International Regulations. Its compromise lasted for years, and after the cancellation of the event in 1992, due to the coincidence with the Olympic Games in Barcelona, it turned to be organized by the Spanish Federation. Such a charismatic race as BAJA could not disappear, and not only because of its crucial importance within the motor sports competition, but also for being an unique way of promoting Spain and Aragon thorough Europe. 
 
In 1993 the Spanish Federation had to face the challenge of organizing an event which would be a vital round for the brand new World Cup. From that moment onwards, the presence of official teams such as Citroën, Mitsubishi, among others, would be usual. In the winner list of the competition we find world class drivers who have provided the BAJA ESPAÑA ARAGÓN with enormous prestigious: Ari Vatanen, Pierre Lartigue, Jacky Icks, Timo Salonen, Jean Louis Schlesser… and more contemporaneous Nani Roma, Nasser Al Attiyah or Stéphane Peterhansel in cars; or riders such as Bacou, Arcarons, Mas, Gallardo, Steuri, Roma, Esteve, Coma, among others, in bikes. 
 
Year 1999 set an historic precedent: for the first time, a Spanish driver, Jose Manuel Serviá, clinched victory in cars with other two country men, Miguel Prieto and Manuel Plaza, completing the final podium. 
 
In the car’s list of winners, Jean Louis Schlesser is the most successful driver, with four victories to his tenure, while Nani Roma owns the general record of triumphs (6), both in bikes and cars. Regarding the manufacturers, Mitsubishi stands in the first position, with seven victories. Within the motorbikes, Isidre Esteve is the man who has accumulated more wins to his tally, five in total, all of them with KTM, the last one in 2006. The Austrian manufacturer has accumulated 19 triumphs in the BAJA so far, and they hadn´t meet defeat until Marc Guasch´s Yamaha took it from them in 2010´s edition.
 
In 2005, the competition entered a new phase with the arrival to the organization committee of the marketing company OCTAGON ESEDOS and RACE – Real Automóvil Club de España –, which would be in charge of the sports area, besides the support of Pro Motor – in charge of the route design-. Octagon, as an organizer for BAJA ESPAÑA, has the commitment of improving the level of former editions, with a special interest in including the participation of top class personalities together with the best riders and drivers in the event. Also willing to enhance the media coverage of the race, and with the inclusion of the trucks as a novelty – Francesc Selga and Jordi Torra (Iveco) – were the first winners with this big wheeled bulks. And all with the unconditional support from the regional Aragon government and the city council of Zaragoza, and the councils of the three Aragon provinces, Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza. 
 
Combining the dust, the heat, and the rocky and stony clay, this terrain brings out the best of man and machine in an impressive test of skill under the tricky conditions of a fierce environment, and it celebrated in 2008 its 25th anniversary. This 2016 will be its XXXIII, and it will be counting again for the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, as well as for the Baja FIM World Cup.

RACING CATEGORIES
FIA titles for which the Event counts
FIA Word Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, Cups and Trophies associated
National titles for which the Event counts
Spanish Cross Country-Rallyes Championship, Cups and Trophies associated and for Mitsubishi Evo Cup
This race also counts for the Dakar Challenge 2018

CONTACTS
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Internet: http://www.bajaaragon.com/eng/
 

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