HIGHLIGHTS FROM TODAY’S FIA WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL MEETING – STILL NO WORD ON RALLY NORTHERN IRELAND – PLENTY OF OTHER TALKING POINTS
WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
As part of the High Voltage safety procedures starting in 2022, every Rally1 car must carry on board HV class-0 gloves, which driver and co-driver will be required to wear in an event of an HV issue to ensure a higher level of protection.
Rally1 cars will be marked with a “HY” sign in white letters on red background on the front door panels replacing the vehicle number to make it more easily identifiable by marshals and spectators. Clarification was brought regarding the charging procedure for Rally1 plug-in hybrid cars as well as for HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicles) zones, when the Rally1 car will use emission free driving.
A number of amendments to the Regional Rally sporting regulations were approved. Starting in 2022, organisers will have the option to set up a tyre warming zone between the time control and the start of a special stage, with the aim to improve safety and avoid tyre warming on public roads.
Furthermore, organisers are encouraged to move to a safety tracking system complying with FIA specifications before it becomes mandatory in 2023.
FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
In the FIA European Rally Championship, the principles of the “Power Stage” will be introduced, owing to the success of the feature in the WRC and its value for TV broadcast. The points awarded in the Power Stage to the Top 5 finishers will replace the current stage bonus points. Changes were brought to have every top driver choose his start position for Leg 1 based on the results of the Qualifying stage, in order to counter tactics, while allowing the Promoter to set up an attractive and compact TV show. Tyres for all ERC1, ERC3 and ERC4 priority competitors will have to be supplied by an FIA-nominated tyre company, to allow better promotion opportunities for official manufacturers, while keeping the championship open to other suppliers.
FIA European Rally Trophy – Celtic Rally Trophy
|19-20 March||Ireland||West Cork Rally|
|15-16 April||Great Britain||Circuit of Ireland International Rally|
|13-14 May||Great Britain||Manx Rally|
|17-19 June||Ireland||Donegal International Rally|
|24-25 June||Belgium||Ypres Rally|
|30-31 July||Ireland||Cork 20 International Rally|
|19-20 August||Great Britain||Ulster Rally|
|03-04 September||Great Britain||Rali Bae Ceredigion|
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