Text: Rafał Rezler


Rally Silesia goes international

grzyb_Dzien_2_Rajd_Slaska_2022_fot_Maciej_Niechwiadowicz_RPMRally Silesia (September 8-10), which took place for the first time in 2017, has become an important part of the Polish Rally Championship. The event, which takes place in the most populous part of Poland, has evolved from year to year. This season, the efforts of the organizers were rewarded, as Rally Silesia gained international status by being included in the FIA European Rally Trophy calendar. No less than 13 special stages, including two spectacular evening super special stages, with a total length of more than 150 kilometers, await rally fans and crews.

2023 will be the first season in which the FIA ERT will be held in the updated format, with no fewer than 20 rounds on the calendar, including such well-known events as Rally Antibes (France), Rali Vinho da Madeira (Portugal), Rallye du Valais (Switzerland), Rallye Český Krumlov (Czech Republic) and, last but not least, the Lausitz Rally (Germany). This year, Rally Silesia (September 8-10, 2023), an event supported by the Silesian Voivodeship, has earned a place among the ERT rounds.

Rally show in Katowice

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday, September 8, in the center of Katowice. The rally teams will take over the streets of Katowice on Friday evening to put on a spectacular show during the evening Super Special Stage (4 km).

Challenging special stages await the fans

Prolog_Katowice_Rajd_Slaska_2022_Dzien_1_fot_Maciej_NiechwiadowiczThe first leg of the Polish FIA ERT features four special stages, three of which will be contested twice. These stages will be held on demanding and well-known asphalt roads in the southern part of the region. One of the stages is a brand new stage, located only 30 km from the Polish-Czech border, which has never been driven before in a rally event. Another is the longest (almost 20 km) stage of the event. The first stage will be held in the evening with the popular Super Special stage near the Silesian Stadium.

The program of the last stage consists of two special stages, both of which will be run twice (almost 12 and 15 km). Sunday's stages are also located near the Polish-Czech border and can be easily reached via the S1 and DK81 expressways.

Multifunctional Silesian stadium

Prolog_Katowice_Rajd_Slaska_2022_Dzien_1_fot_Maciej_NiechwiadowiczFor the seventh time, the headquarters of the Rally Silesia will be located in the Silesian Stadium. This multifunctional venue will also host the service park. Here, rally fans will be able to experience how the rally mechanics perform their miraculous repairs. During the three-day Rally Silesia, many other events for petrol enthusiasts will take place at the Silesian Stadium.

The legendary stadium will also be the venue of the award ceremony on Sunday, September 10.