Gradually the proposed changes in rallying for 2018 are becoming evident. Here is a list of some of them!
* At the FIA, the permanent Rally Director, Jarmo Mahonen, is retiring and accepts the job of the elected World Rally Championship Commission Vice President.
* The WRC results and tracking supplier work has been moved from the Spanish based SIT company to the Australian company RallySafe.
* There is a new President of the FIA Rally Commission, Wayne Christie, overseeing regional championship activities.
* In the WRC, Poland is out and Turkey back again. Pirelli is to become the third tyre supplier, in addition to Michelin and DMack. There will be tyre supplier freedom among non-championship R5 cars.
* After only one year, the WRC Trophy will not be held. In WRC2, there will be are not going to be any “mandatory” events.
* Private 2017 specification World Rally Cars can compete without being entered by the manufacturer’s team.
* In the WRC team crews, at Citroen there is no change, Hyundai’s team will be selected from a pool of four drivers, and there is a new co-driver for Dani Sordo: 49 year old Claudio del Barrio replaces Marc Marti.
Ott Tanak has been testing the Toyota Yaris WRC in winter conditions. Photo: PlaneteMarcus
* At M-Sport Ott Tanak leaves the team, but no replacement driver has been announced. At Toyota, Tanak replaces Juho Hanninen.
* The Junior WRC sees Pirelli as the control tyre supplier instead of DMack.
* In regional championships, the FIA Sporting Regulations have not yet been published, but in the ERC: the venue for the Polish round has moved from Rzeszow back to Mikolajki, ending the 2017 balance between asphalt and gravel event, now meaning that five of the eight events will run on gravel events.
* There are substantially reduced driver registration fees, registration in the African series abandoned altogether, and in the growing trend to accept non-homologated cars into regional rallying, there will be a special cup for SUV cars in the Asia Pacific series.
* And of the new cars expected to be seen in action in 2018, there will be only detailed changes to the official WRC team cars, but expect to see Volkswagen’s new Polo GTI R5 and growing movement among the cars being used under the R4-Kit rules.
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