Shakedown qualifying set for 2012
Priority 1 and 2 drivers contesting next year's World Rally Championship will be handed one run in shakedown to earn the right to be the first competitor to choose their starting position for the opening day of competition on gravel events.
Changes are being made to the road position rules for 2012 with drivers selecting their starting positions based on the time they record in the pre-event shakedown. While the proposals have been in discussion for several months, the regulation change has now been ratified following a meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport council in Singapore last week.
A statement from the sport’s governing body read: “The regulations applicable to Shakedown Qualifying for P1 and P2 drivers on gravel rallies only have been agreed. A two-hour window will be allocated for free practice, during which drivers are permitted a maximum of two passes over the Qualifying Stage. Running in the order of the championship classification, drivers will then be permitted one Qualifying run. Taking into account the stage times, P1 and P2 crews - in order of fastest to slowest - will then select their start positions. Any driver not completing the Qualifying Stage will choose their position last. On subsequent days, all Priority 1 and 2 crews will restart in reverse order of their provisional overall classification.”
There are eight gravel events on next year’s WRC calendar with the first, Rally Mexico, taking place from 8-11 March 2012.