The FIA, motorsports governing body, announced this week that the registration date for WRC manufacturers' has been put back to December 19.
The decision has been made following the news that North One Sport's parent company, Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI), has gone into administration [see separate story - click here
]. North One Sport is the promoter for the World Rally Championship.
“The World Motor Sport Council discussed the recent developments involving the [WRC] Championship Promoter, North One Sport, and its parent company, CSI, which has gone into administration,” read a statement from the World Motor Sport Council following its final meeting of the year, which took place in New Delhi, India, on December 7.
“The FIA is committed to ensuring the long-term commercial future of the Championship and will make every endeavour to provide for its future stability.
“The FIA is working on an immediate plan to ensure the fundamental sporting and safety elements will be in place for the start of the 2012 season. As a consequence, it was also agreed that the registration date for the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers be put back to 19 December.”
The WSMC also agreed that, for 'safety reasons', a total of 10 tyres of a different compound may be used in place of the nominated compound, when specified as an option in the Supplementary Regulations of an event.
The total quantity of tyres to be used during an event will however not change.
Meanwhile, from 2013, R4T cars will be eligible in the FIA Regional Rally Championships.
“This new category of four-wheel-drive cars is designed to be cost-effective and more affordable for competitors. The acceptance of different category cars within the FIA World and Regional Rally Championships will be confirmed during 2012,” the WSMC added.