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The organisers of Finland’s world championship Neste Rally have detailed more changes being proposed for the 2018 WRC championship, expected to be ratified by the World Motor Sport Council in December. Firstly, the WRC Trophy for private drivers of 2016 specification World Rally Cars, is to be abandoned – no surprise after the FIA did not acknowledge the winner of this year’s series (Jourdan Serderidis) when he became unbeatable, which Was on the same day that the Manufacturers and Drivers championship were won. Next year it is proposed that private drivers will be able to enter 2017 specification cars themselves, rather than by the manufacturer of the cars. In the WRC2, there will be no specifically compulsory events, competitors will be free to dominate all the events on which they wish to be eligible to score points. Another regulation change is that drivers of R5 cars on WRC events have freedom of tyre suppliers. This year they had to use only the registered tyres (Michelin and DMack). Another change is that the tyre allowance on WRC events will not now include the tyres used on Shakedown.
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