RX: FIA plans bespoke feeder series calendars

The success of World RX will be fed in future by the creation of more tightly-focused calendars for Super 1600 and Tour Car categories.

The 2015 FIA European Rallycross Championships for Super 1600 and Touring Car will be run over a more tightly-focused group of events as the championship calendars are tailored to help the classes attract more competitors.

Both Super 1600 and Touring Car categories will continue to have their own FIA European Championships and will remain as supporting classes at selected FIA World Rallycross Championship events. The move to running Touring Car and Super 1600 over fewer rounds has been made following consultation with competitors and was approved by the FIA Off-Road Commission at a meeting in Paris earlier this week.

The exact schedule of events for each category will be published at a later date but the outline plan is that Super 1600 will have a championship of up to seven events and that Touring Car will comprise of a five-round championship. Each series will be geographically centred on those countries where the category currently has most participants or has seen high entry levels in the past.

World RX events will also continue to include the RX Lites Cup (an independent International Series where competitors compete in identical 310bhp, all-wheel-drive, rear-engined machinery). Events that are staged within Europe will feature at least two supporting categories selected from Super 1600, Touring Car and RX Lites.

Super 1600 and Touring Car have produced several drivers who have gone on to be successful in Supercar including reigning European Rallycross Champion Timur Timerzyanov who was the winner of Super 1600 back in 2010. World RX event winner Andreas Bakkerud won the Super 1600 title twice (2011 and 2012) and his current Ford Olsbergs MSE team-mate Reinis Nitiss was Super 1600 champion in 2013. The 2012 Touring Car champion Anton Marklund and 2013 Touring Car title winner Derek Tohill are both World RX competitors this year at the wheel of a Supercar.

"Touring Car and Super 1600 can both provide great action but each suffers from fluctuating entry levels,” Martin Anayi, World RX managing director at IMG Motorsport, explained, “The feedback from competitors is that a more manageable programme of events is attractive to a wider group of drivers. We believe in these categories as the pathway for drivers to develop and delivering a consistently good level of competition is good for them and for race fans.”

Details of which events will make up each of the championships will be confirmed when the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar is published later this year.

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