The FIA has announced that teams in the World Rally Championship [WRC] will not be allowed to transmit performance data during special stages from 2015.
Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday, the FIA announced that: “From 2015, the transmission of performance data or information to or from a competing car, not in relation with safety, is forbidden during special stages to help promote greater competition.”
The move will prevent split times being provided to drivers, which in turn can lead to them managing gaps and not pushing to the limit on each stage.
It is one of a number of tweaks introduced to try and increase competition, with WRC 2 and WRC 3 scoring regulations being altered among other changes:
- In order to give greater opportunity to teams entering just one car in the WRC 2 and WRC 3 Championships for Teams, only the best placed car in a team will be taken into account for points.
- It is clarified that a car which has not started from the start line within 20 seconds will be considered as retired and will be able to restart under Rally 2 on the subsequent day.
- In order to give flexibility to non-priority drivers, it is proposed that these drivers may continue to use the previously homologated specifications of asphalt tyres for one additional year.