Following the final meeting of the World Motor Sports Council for 2017 in Paris yesterday, it has been confirmed that private teams or individuals will be able to enter 2017 specification World Rally Cars on FIA World Rally Championship events without having any ties with manufacturers.
This season entries had to be affiliated with M-Sport, Hyundai, Citroen, or Toyota to enter in the top tier but this has been opened up for the 2018; while this move should see more entries in the leading class, entries will still be subject to the approval of the FIA Rally Department, and specific restrictions on testing will apply.
In the WRC 2 championship, the mandatory rallies have been dropped for the new season, meaning that the series will be contested over seven event, with six scores counting towards the title.
DMACK, Michelin and Pirelli have been confirmed as the nominated tyre suppliers for the new season, although drivers entered with R5 machinery that are not registered in the FIA WRC 2 Championship are able to choose their own tyre brands, reducing costs for local drivers.
While 2016 WRC specification cars will still remain eligible to enter the championship, the WRC Trophy has been dropped for 2018.