THE World Motor Sport Council of the FIA agreed to a number of regulation changes for the 2018 World Rally Championship during a meeting in Paris yesterday.
From 2018, private teams or individual drivers will be permitted to enter 2017-specification World Rally Cars on WRC events, without the obligation to be entered by a manufacturer. Entries will remain subject to the approval of the FIA Rally Department and specific restrictions on testing will apply.
The FIA confirmed DMACK, Michelin and Pirelli as the nominated tyre suppliers for the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship.
The FIA WRC 2 Championship will continue to be contested over seven events, with the best six scores counting towards the title. However, there will no longer be mandatory rallies among the seven events.
Drivers entered with R5 cars who are not registered in the FIA WRC 2 Championship, or who have not been entered by a registered WRC 2 team during the year, may use any tyre brand, including those not nominated by the FIA for the WRC. This will ensure more local drivers have the possibility to compete in WRC events.
There will be no WRC Trophy title from 2018, although 2016 World Rally Cars remain eligible in the Championship.
2018 FIA World Rally Championship calendar –
26‐28 January: Rallye Monte-Carlo
16‐18 February: Rally Sweden
9‐11 March: Rally Mexico
6‐8 April: Rally France‐Tour de Corse
27‐29 April: Rally Argentina
18‐20 May: Rally Portugal
8‐10 June: Rally Italia Sardegna
27‐29 July: Rally Finland
17‐19 August: Rally Germany
14‐16 September: Rally Turkey
5‐7 October: Wales Rally Great Britain
26‐28 October: Rally Spain
16‐18 November: Rally Australia