Barum Czech Rally Zlín
Round 8, Czech Republic
Barum Czech Rally Zlín belongs to the most important motorsport events in the Czech Republic, in 2011 the rally will go for its 41st edition. The tradition of this event is closely connected to very high popularity of rallysport in this country and it has been year by year proved by great number of spectators. The importance of this rally was also readable from the media interest - in 2010, 306 journalist teams from 17 countries came to Zlín. The long-term partner of the event is the Barum Continental company. Connecting the biggest and the most successful tyre producer in the Czech Republic with the most important motorsport event in the country makes very solid relationship and helps to provide good name both the company and the rally. Like in the past, this tyre producer will be the main partner of the rally also during the 41st edition of the Barum Czech Rally Zlín.
This rally, which has the base in Moravian city of Zlín, has been developed during the years up to the top of the motorsport scene in the Czech Republic and every year it's been the pioneer with introducing new features and innovations to the rallysport. Since 1983 the rally has been a part of European Rally Championship and by 2007 it also became a part of exclusive serial of Intercontinental Rally Challenge. With this step the quality of the rally again rose up. In 2010, there was 27 S2000 cars on the start, the fastest of them in the finish was the Škoda Fabia S2000 driven by Belgian crew Freddy Loix - Frédéric Miclotte.
In 2011, the rally HQ as well as the start and finish ramp will be again located in the centre of Zlín city. The whole rally action will be launched with scrutineering on Thursday, August 25. Next morning, crews can prove their cars on shakedown track close to the service base and in the evening, the rally will start with very popular Super Special Stage in the streets of Zlín. Upcoming Saturday and Sunday will be fulfilled with competition on 270 kilometers of tarmac stages.