Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) today, the following decisions were confirmed. There shall be no minimum or maximum individual special stage distance. However, there shall be a maximum of 80 kilometres of special...
Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) today, the following decisions were confirmed.
There shall be no minimum or maximum individual special stage distance. However, there shall be a maximum of 80 kilometres of special stages between service halts. The special stage distance of a World Rally Championship event has been revised to become between 300 kilometres and 500 kilometres.
Throughout the rally there shall be one main service park. Organisers may however submit to the FIA promotional justification to support relocation during the rally.
All competing cars, including existing WRC cars, are eligible for the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers. Registered Manufacturers must enter two WRC cars in all rounds and use 2009 homologated cars.
WRC Teams (formerly Manufacturer Teams) must participate in at least eight nominated rounds, including one outside the European Economic Area and Turkey, with one or two cars of any eligible class. They may enter one or two cars homologated prior to 2009.
Promotional activities may be scheduled during reconnaissance and events may also specify PR activities involving mandatory driver or team participation. Crews will also be required to attend autograph sessions at the mid-day service.
Organisers will be encouraged to arrange scrutineering as entertainment for the public and a visual opportunity for the media.
The service park can be redesigned to permit access from the rear of each team's service area. This will allow spectators to be closer to the action.
Subject to satisfactory levels of safety, night stages are permitted but must not form the whole itinerary of the day.
Shakedown may take place on part of a stage of the rally.
The maximum lateness between two time controls has been extended from 15 to 30 minutes. However the lateness for the day remains at 30 minutes.
Cars that are certified by ASNs, and which are based on those eligible to enter the WRC, shall be permitted and identified in a National classification. Entries for all World Championship rallies will close four weeks prior to the start of the event.
It was agreed to defer the introduction of the following amendments to the regulations:
The possibility of the Manufacturers' Championship becoming a Teams' Championship is deemed more appropriate for 2011, when the new World Rally Car technical regulations are introduced. Further debate is required on the merit of changing Shakedown to a promotional and media opportunity, and the possibility of it becoming a start order for the top crews.
The option of two tyre compounds remains under discussion with the single tyre supplier.
The principle of pump fuel use in the long term has been accepted by teams and the WRC Commission.
A podium at the end of each day is pending the resolution of a Bonus Points system.
A further study is required for the Drivers' World Ranking to be compatible with the current Championship points listing.