Klatovy competitions open registration


The start of the domestic competition season is approaching and preparations for the Historic Vltava Rallye and Rallye Šumava Klatovy are in full swing in Klatovy. They will take place from April 21st to 23rd, 2023, in a format similar to last year’s edition. At this point, the so-called basic provisions for both competitions have been approved and registration has begun.

Only six weeks are left until the weekend of April 21st-23rd, 2023, when the 57th Rallye Šumava Klatovy and its sister, the 31st Historic Vltava Rallye, will take place in Klatovy. This year, March 25th is also an important date for these competitions.

“We are aware that the times are tough for everyone, and our sport is not cheap, which is why racing teams often try to limit costs. We are giving them the opportunity to save some money on the entry fee, but this will only apply to those who register by the mentioned date of March 25th,”

says Jan Petrů, chairman of the organizing committee of both competitions

“Racers and the public can already find information about our competition in the so-called special provisions, which were approved for both our competitions this week and are available on our website as well as on the website of the Autoklub ČR. Of course, we are also accepting registrations and we are curious to see what interesting names from us and from Europe will participate this year.”

says Jan Petrů, chairman of the organizing committee of both competitions

It is worth noting that the 57th Rallye Šumava Klatovy is again part of the Czech Republic Championship, while the 31st Historic Vltava Rallye will be the second stop of the Czech and European historic car championships. Their program will be similar to last year’s, and selected participants will first be presented to fans on Klatovy’s Míru square on Thursday. The actual racing will start on Friday afternoon with historic cars, which will race on two special stages located between the towns of Klatovy and Kdyně. Both stages will be driven twice, and the Friday stage will be split by a stop in the service zone and also include racing on the Klatovy circuit. Similarly to last year, historic cars will be followed by modern ones on Friday, but it will be the only timed section for them on that day.

Saturday will be a day when the kilometers of speed tests will come back to life the most. The morning “warm-up” test awaits participants from both competitions again on the Klatovy circuit, where all other Saturday tracks will be driven by “Vltava” participants first, followed by racers from Rallye Šumava Klatovy. Everyone will gradually move from the circuit to Sluhov and Keply, and the last erzeta section will take place near the Svatá Kateřina border crossing. And in the afternoon, all three speed tests will be waiting for the racers once again, of course, after a stop in the service zone in Janovice nad Úhlavou. At the end of their twelfth speed test, the historic cars will have fulfilled their duties and will be able to cross the ceremonial finish ramp, while the contemporary cars will have a Sunday program ahead of them. The program will also be concluded with an awards ceremony at Klatovy’s Míru Square, but only those crews who complete two passes of the speed tests at Velhartice and Sobětice twice will earn trophies. Overall, each of the competitions will have over 140 kilometers of speed tests.