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What makes a World Rally Championship worthwhile? It is a question on many people’s lips after COVID-19 decimated the 2020 calendar. To date the WRC season has seen three rallies – with only the Rallye Monte-Carlo running to its full distance. While rules exist for the length of a rally, there are no such rules on the volume of rallies needed. Other international motorsport events have a minimum number of events under their FIA International Sporting Code. For example, Formula E needs to have completed six events to be considered a Championship. However, the FIA Rally Department confirmed the rules are different for the WRC, but they are not the only aspect being considered.
“Unlike other disciplines, there is no rule in the WRC regulations that imposes a strict number of events to guarantee the validity of the championship.
“Yet we lay great importance on the value of the World title. Based on the rules in force in other FIA championships, we’re taking the assumption that if 50% of the number of rounds scheduled in the initial calendar can be run, the competition remains credible.“ So that total is seven. At least four more rounds are needed. “We are closely working with WRC Promoter and host countries on alternative scenarios with a restart in September to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to complete the 2020 series,” the FIA Rally Department confirmed.
“With the information we have for the moment, we are hoping to host between four and five events before the end of the year.”
As reported by RallySport Magazine, the FIA are considering several other non-WRC rounds. Since we reported, both Latvia and Ypres have confirmed they are negotiating to host a round this year.

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