The FIA’s end-of-year World Motor Sport Council meeting on Wednesday in Paris declared few decisions which had not already been announced or leaked in advance. The 2018 World Rally Championship calendar will again consist of 13 rounds, with Turkey replacing Poland. Pirelli returns to the WRC as a registered supplier of tyres, along with Michelin and DMack, and there was confirmation that the WRC Trophy will not be held again. Detailed changes for 2018 include the freedom of tyre supplier for non-WRC2 registered drivers or teams of R5 cars championship, and in WRC2 there will no longer be any mandatory rallies. The rule that private entries in the WRC for 2017 specification cars could only be made under the name of the manufacturer of these cars has been abandoned, though the FIA Rally Department must still approve the driver concerned. In the regional championships, the calendars for the European, African, Asia Pacific and Middle East series have been announced, with the same proposed events as in 2017, but no calendar has been announced for the Codasur or Nacam regional championships. There are regulation changes regarding registration in the African championships, and SUV vehicles have a new cup in the APRC. The full text of the 2018 Sporting Regulations is due shortly.
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