The FIA has announced that a number of amendments to the World Rally Championship Sporting Regulations for 2010 have been accepted, in principle, following the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.
The changes for 2010 are intended to enable the WRC to 'respond to the current economic challenges', as well as 'further aid the development and promotion of the sport'.
The key alterations to the 2010 WRC Sporting Regulations include no minimum or maximum stage distances, an increase in the total event distance (now up to 500 km), an overhaul of the Super Rally system and a podium at the end of each day.
They following the changes already announced on June 24.
The 'full principles of the amendments to the 2010 WRC Sporting Regulations' are as follows:
1. There shall be no minimum or maximum stage distance
. However, there shall be a maximum of 80 kilometres between service halts. The stage distance of a World Rally Championship event has been revised to become between 300 kilometres and 500 kilometres
2. The current system of 'Super Rally' will be replaced
to provide additional media stories, encourage retired competitors to return the following day, and to recognise rallying as an endurance sport. As a consequence, only competitors who have completed each stage of the rally will appear in the Final Classification. Bonus points from each day will replace existing time penalties for missed stages, and will be in addition to the Final Classification points. In recognition of the new points scoring system, a daily and overall classification will be drawn up at the end of each day of competition.
3. A global Drivers' World Ranking will be introduced from 2010
to identify the positions of personalities within the sport.
4. While the recommendation for one central service park remains, organisers may submit promotional plans to support relocation during the rally. In addition, Remote Service Zones designed to take the sport to the population in large towns and cities are encouraged. Crews will also be required to attend autograph sessions at the mid-day service, and be available for promotional activities during the final service each day
5. One type of tyre will continue to be used for all events
, except those that are fully on asphalt. However, the option of a choice of compounds will be investigated to increase media interest.
6. In an effort to reduce the WRC's carbon footprint, the importance of a single fuel supplier will be investigated
7. A podium at the end of each day will be introduced
to provide media opportunities in recognition of the winner of the day and the leader of the rally.