Rally1 / Rally2 regulations: the WRC changes nothing until 2027

The trend was clear, but still the body endorses it. The FIA ​​World Council has confirmed that the current regulations for the World Rally Championship will remain the same in 2025 and 2026. Rally1 and Rally2 will continue to run in the same configurations and the appointment is made for 2027 where a new regulation should appear.

Published on 11/06/2024 à 15:38

Loïc ROCCI

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Rally1 / Rally2 regulations: the WRC changes nothing until 2027

The regulations for Rally1 and Rally2 will not change before 2027 in the WRC (Photo: Nikos Katikis/DPPI)

Reason finally prevailed during the FIA ​​World Council. None of the manufacturers present in the discipline wanted the proposals made in February by the working group hastily created to save the WRC. The brands involved in Rally1 wanted stability and those producing cars for Rally2 did not intend to follow the path of Rally2 +. Instead of creating even more conflict and perhaps even risking the departure of one of the manufacturers, these ideas were shelved.

«  Technical stability has been agreed between all stakeholders for the 2025 and 2026 FIA World Rally Championship seasons. The World Council has confirmed that, following extensive feedback and discussions, the WRC Technical Regulations for Rally1/2 cars will remain unchanged for the next two years. »

At the end of several months of discussions during which two fronts opposed each other, the impression remains that there was much ado about nothing. The proposals that had been made by the task force were not made in consultation with the competitors and they had very little chance of materializing. After losing another 6 months, this status quo solves nothing. The WRC must quickly get to work to propose regulations that will be able to attract new manufacturers while taking care not to lose any. The FIA ​​also insisted to them: “ The World Council expects current manufacturers to commit well in advance to the long-term future of the sport. These regulations will be submitted for approval to the World Council at its December meeting, giving manufacturers more than two years to adapt. »

The WRC will meet in 2027

Before discovering these new regulations, two seasons are still to be played. During these, the FIA ​​intends to strengthen its involvement with the WRC promoter as indicated during the World Council. “ Following the WRC promoter's clear commitment to investment, the FIA ​​will strengthen its team within the Commercial and Communications Departments to extend their support to the promoter and key stakeholders in the Promotional Working Group. The focus will be on the management of sporting regulations following the establishment of the WRC Sports Working Group, with a focus on increasing media activation opportunities and reducing costs for competitors. The final versions of these sporting regulations will be proposed during the October session of the WMSC. » We will therefore have to wait a few more months before discovering what these announcements actually mean and what these working groups will propose.

« The WRC is extremely important for the FIA, explained President Mohamed Ben Sulayem. It is the pinnacle of the discipline of rally and I've had numerous conversations with builders over the past few weeks about its future direction. It is clear now that we all need technical stability for the next two years, but at the same time it is important for the FIA ​​that, in providing this stability, we receive the same positive commitment from the manufacturers. »

The desired stability will therefore settle in and calm things down while promotion should intensify. Questions remain, however, regarding the best path forward for 2027 and the period that has just ended with the World Council has shown that it will not be easy to find solutions that satisfy all current and future stakeholders.

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Loïc ROCCI

Journalist specializing in rallying past, present and future... and with a southern accent

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