2002 WRC sporting regulations and safety issues

At the World Motor Sport Council meeting on 13 December 2001, the following changes were approved: Safety - The World Championship Rally Commission has been mandated to propose a radical overhaul of arrangements for spectator ...

At the World Motor Sport Council meeting on 13 December 2001, the following changes were approved:

Safety - The World Championship Rally Commission has been mandated to propose a radical overhaul of arrangements for spectator safety.

Reconnaissance - The number of passages in reconnaissance for asphalt rallies may be increased to three (currently two).

Maximum number of starters - A maximum of 90 cars may start each event of the Championship.

Start order in the Championship Rallies -

Leg 1:
* The first priority drivers (maximum 30 cars) will start in the order of the provisional classification of the World Championship for Drivers for the current year. These cars will carry competition numbers 1 to 31.

* The second priority drivers (maximum 5 cars) will start after the first priority drivers. These cars will carry competition numbers 32 to 36.

* The third priority drivers (maximum 30 cars) will start in the order of the provisional classification of their respective Championships for the current year. These cars will carry competition numbers 51 to 80.

* All other drivers will start as recommended by the organiser. These cars will carry competition numbers 101 onwards.

Legs 2 and 3 (based on the classification of the previous leg):
* The first priority drivers will start as a group. The first 15 drivers will start in reverse order. The remaining drivers will start in the order of their provisional overall classification.

* The second priority drivers will start as a group after the first priority drivers in the order of their provisional overall classification.

* The third priority drivers will start as a group after the second priority drivers in the order of their provisional overall classification.

* All remaining drivers will start as a group after the priority drivers in the order of their provisional overall classification.

Start intervals - For safety reasons, the Stewards may extend the interval between any group of drivers or between any two drivers and may reseed any driver within a particular group.

Third priority drivers - Drivers entered in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship and the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship will be included in the third priority list.

Doughnuts - The drivers may not perform doughnuts at any time during the start, finish or other ceremonial procedures of the rally.

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