MUNICH – WRC Promoter, the company that organises the FIA World Rally Championship, has revealed proposed changes to next year’s series, which will include Rally Australia on 10-13 September.
The proposals came out of a meeting of the FIA World Rally Championship Commission on Thursday, but are subject to approval of the next World Motor Sport Council meeting in December.
WRC Promoter announced rallies will continue to be organised over two-and-a-half days, from Friday to Sunday, with a minimum of 300km of special stages and the potential for a ceremonial start on Thursday.
Importantly, however, organisers will be given a degree of freedom, with the approval of the FIA and WRC Promoter, to ensure their event has unique qualities.
Organisers will be encouraged to include new and longer stages and there are plans to have limited vehicle parts available at remote service breaks to add to the sense of adventure and endurance, and provide more opportunities for media.
It is also planned that the running order of cars will be in championship order for Friday and Saturday, while on Sunday crews will run in reverse rally classification order for the closing stages.
No further changes are being made to the format of rallies, prior to more consultation.
In an effort to boost entries on events outside Europe, nationally-homologated cars will be permitted to participate in non-European events, although without eligibility to score Power Stage or championship points.
At the request of the organiser of Rally Argentina, the date of the 2015 event has been moved one week later to finish on 26 April.