The World Motor Sport Council body convened yesterday Wednesday 16 December for the fourth and final meeting of 2020. The meeting was hosted in Geneva by FIA President Jean Todt. announced a set of new guidelines for the world rally championship
The following is the summary of the new set of regulations
New rules include the awarding of additional Power Stage points to Manufacturers, to be scored by the two best-placed drivers nominated by a team and finishing in the top five of the final stage, with the aim to add an additional dimension to the Manufacturers’ battle.
In preference to the success of the Power Stage points for the WRC, the same format will now be extended to the WRC2 and WRC3 categories.
A number of changes have been adopted to clarify the requirements for the WRC2 class. Participating teams in the category now have to register no later than the closing date of the fifth round of the 2021 season. To score points, a team must enter two cars in a maximum of seven rallies, including a minimum of one round outside of Europe.
WRC2 Drivers and Teams will be required to nominate to score points as they enter an event and as a result, registered Drivers can enter additional rallies as Priority 2 without scoring points. In regards to points scoring, the highest number of points from six of the seven nominated rallies will count.
In WRC3, with the view to restore pre-COVID regulations, the number of rallies counting for the championship has been reinstated from five to seven, with the best five rounds counting for the championship points. Specific requirements have also been added to restrict the class entry to aspiring drivers developing their skills.
To ensure the value of the WRC championship, at least half of the events scheduled on the initial calendar will have to be held for titles to be awarded. In the support championships, the FIA will have the possibility to adjust the minimum number of participations and number of events taken into account, should the number of qualifying events be less than scheduled initially.
The number of counting rounds for the Junior WRC Championship has been returned to five from four set in this year’s regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following Pirelli’s implementation as a new single supplier in 2021, nine additional test days have been allocated to each WRC manufacturer to adapt to the new tyres to be used through the 2021 season.