The Tour European Rally (TER), created in 2016 by the Italian TV producer Luca Grilli, is aimed at “merging the assets of some outstanding rally events in Europe to create a series in order to have an enhanced global promotion. The chosen events must have outstanding characteristics: based in tourist-oriented areas, they must possess unique specific features different from the other championship events and they must display an excellent touristic and/or historical background.”
In 2019 the Tour European Rally Historic based on the same principles ran for the first time and comprised six events. Won by the German crew of Heinz-Walter Schewe and Frank Blondel in a Porsche 911 SC, the championship attracted a truly international entry, though modest in number in the first year.
For 2020 promoters have announced a new six-event calendar based in southern Europe and taking in one gravel rally and five asphalt events, beginning with Rally Città di Arezzo in Tuscany, on the gravel roads that are part of the history of rallying from when Rallye Sanremo was in the World Rally Championship.
Rallye Sanremo Storico, will be the second round of the season, on the former WRC stages of the Italian Riviera, after which TER Historic will travel further east to one of the best rallies in Europe, the Rallye Antibes Cote d’Azur, on the historic special stages of Rallye Monte Carlo. The Flanders region of Belgium offers the unique roads of the Tour of Flanders and the season ends in Galicia, in the fantastic scenery of A Coruna.
2020 Tour European Rally Historic Calendar:
20-22 March, Rally Città di Arezzo (Italy - gravel)
2-4 April, Rallye Sanremo Storico (Italy - tarmac)
15-17 May, Rallye Antibes (France - tarmac)
28-30 May, Rallye du Chablais (Switzerland - tarmac)
3-5 September, Omloop van Vlaanderen (Belgium - tarmac)
2-3 October, Rallye Rias Altas (Spain - tarmac)