CHANGED driver running order rules will add a new competitive element to all WRC rounds next season.
The championship-leading driver must run first on the road on the Friday and Saturday of every event. Reverse event classification order will apply on Sunday. P1 and P2 drivers who have retired will restart the subsequent day/s at the front of this group.
The present system puts the championship leader first on day one only, before the order is reversed for subsequent days.
The FIA announced the changes on Wednesday after they were ratified by the World Motor Sport Council.
Rallies will continue to be organised over two and half days, from Friday to Sunday, with a minimum of 300 kilometres of special stages. A ceremonial start or super special stage can be organised on Thursday.
An FIA statement said rally organisers would be encouraged to ensure their events had “unique qualities, new and longer stages to help create closer competition and fresh opportunities for the media”.