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FIA change Power Stage rules, effective immediately

Sebastien Ogier Sweden 2018
Sebastien Ogier used the previous Power Stage rules to his advantage at Rally Sweden this year. Photo: Martin Holmes Rallying

Understandable safety considerations have inspired the FIA to introduce new Power Stage Rules, effective from the start of the Tour de Corse this weekend.

Authorised by a World Motor Sport Council e-vote, competitors who do not start the Power Stage in the given order will not be eligible for Power Stage points.

The FIA stated that recent examples of intentional late check-in increased the gaps between competitors and created uncertainty for spectators.

It is suspected that the regulation change was driven by the dismay of the WRC Promoters that changes in final stage running order disrupted the prizegiving formalities, which had been scheduled to provide television coverage.

No such rule change was proposed for other special stages, when gaps between cars also cause uncertainty for spectators.

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Martin Holmes was widely considered world rallying's most experienced, and most respected journalist. Martin covered the WRC, ERC and all major rally championships around the world. He passed away in June 2020, aged 80.

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