Bonus points to be introduced

The WRC to introduce a bonus points scheme for 2011
The FIA's World Motor Sport Council has announced that a bonus point system will be implemented in the World Rally Championship next season.

The announcement was the big WRC news to come out of the latest meeting of the WMSC in Paris yesterday [Wednesday] and will result in three drivers getting the chance to add to their championship tally on each event.

Every round of the season will feature a stage on the final day which will be used 'for the purpose of enhancing television coverage', with the top three drivers scoring points on the scale of 3-2-1.

Speaking ahead of Rally Japan this weekend, both Sebastien Loeb and Jari-Matti Latvala backed the move, although Latvala said he felt the running order for the live test would need to be changed.

“I think it's a great idea,” he said. “We need more live TV, for the audience it's good. But for the points, if you are in the lead and opening the road, then you have no chance to get those [live TV stage] points. If we do this then we should reverse the order like we did in Finland for the last stage.”

“I think to have points, if it brings some TV, why not?” Loeb added. “At the moment, the rally doesn't need more points but it needs more media – if it's the right solution, why not?”

Amongst other changes, a two-wheel drive class will be introduced into the Production World Rally Championship while new engine rules will see top teams only allowed to use two engines per car from the fifth round onwards.

As a result, teams will hope that any issues with the new 1.6-litre turbo-charged engines are resolved quickly at the start of the year.

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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

September 09, 2010 7:18 PM

What a sh1te idea ! The sport needs to get it's house in order first, and get back to basics before it starts considering these mickey mouse ideas. We are still suffering with the 3 day clover leaf format brought in during the late 90's to pander to the WRC's TV aspirations. Get back to basics, return to the endurance element of rallying, and the TV will take care of itself. Personally, I think BBC2's Rally Reports of the 80's and early 90's were way superior to the crap coverage we get now from Motors TV and Dave. William Woollard beats Neil Cole hands down any day of the week ! Still, the points on offer for the TV stage on the last day could give our great British hope the chance of stealing some glory !

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