WRC2 rules tweaked to force bat­tles

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The FIA will make ma­jor changes to next year’s WRC2 reg­u­la­tions – forc­ing com­peti­tors to go head-to-head with each other on at least three times in the sea­son.

One of the pri­mary crit­i­cisms of this year’s WRC2 ti­tle fight has been the lack of ral­lies where the lead­ing crews have com­peted against each other. Cur­rent reg­u­la­tions per­mit the driv­ers to se­lect seven ral­lies from the 13-round cal­en­dar, with no need to pre-de­ter­mine which events they will com­pete on.

Last time out in Germany, series fron­trun­ners Pon­tus Tide­mand and Teemu Suni­nen were present in Trier, but not reg­is­tered for points. Next year, the fi­nal three rounds of WRC2 will be fixed with all crews com­ing to­gether to com­pete against each other.

Ma­ho­nen said: “WRC2 has de­vel­oped very well, but I have one prob­lem with this cham­pi­onship – the best don’t meet. We were sup­posed to have 14 (now 13) events the guys se­lect the ral­lies tac­ti­cally, say­ing: ‘He’s not here, so now we go there…’ We had to find a so­lu­tion and that’s to nom­i­nate three ral­lies where they have to meet, this will make it more ex­cit­ing.”

Ma­ho­nen also told MN that WRC3 will be ditched for next sea­son. The FIA has is­sued a ten­der for those in­ter­ested in run­ning next year’s Ju­nior WRC. The gov­ern­ing body has dropped the idea of try­ing to fo­cus its ju­nior ef­fort on ERC with the win­ner step­ping into the WRC. Next year’s Ju­nior WRC will run in the world cham­pi­onship.

The top WRC2 run­ner will have to face-off

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