The WRC will include a championship for Super 2000 drivers' next season, it has been confirmed.
A statement posted on the FIA's website following the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Monaco on Friday read:
"From January 2010, there will be a Super 2000 World Rally Championship for Drivers.
"The number of qualifying rallies is 10, and at the time of registration the entrant must nominate seven rallies, including two outside Europe, in which to score points. This Championship is in addition to the WRC Cup for Super 2000 Teams."
Meanwhile from 2011, S2000 cars (1.6L turbo and 2.0L normally aspirated) and Group N cars will be eligible for the WRC and all FIA Regional Rally Championships.
In addition, from 2011, all new homologations of S2000 cars must be fitted with a 1.6L turbo engine.
The WMSC also ruled that from 2010, the latest FIA 8860-2004 helmet will be mandatory for all Priority drivers competing in WRC events.
"The helmet, which took eight years to develop by the FIA and FIA Institute, provides drivers with increased protection in all key impact areas," stated the sports governing body. "It absorbs 50 per cent more impact energy and has improved load spreading during side impact accidents.
"It also resists 30 per cent more penetration energy and provides up to 30 per cent more protection against injury caused by excessive rotational accelerations.
"Further details regarding the helmet specification and its associated benefits will be distributed in due course."