World Motor Sport Council decisions

World Motor Sport Council decisions

12.09.2014: WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL FIA President Jean Todt welcomed members of the World Motor Sport Council ahead of the first

WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL



FIA President Jean Todt welcomed members of the World Motor Sport Council ahead of the first race of the new FIA Formula E Championship, to be held in Beijing on Saturday 13 September, a historic moment as the world’s first fully-electric racing championship is launched.


The following decisions were taken:



FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


The 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is confirmed as follows:

15 March    Grand Prix of Australia

29 March    Grand Prix of Malaysia

05 April    Grand Prix of Bahrain

19 April    Grand Prix of China

10 May    Grand Prix of Spain

24 May    Grand Prix of Monaco

07 June    Grand Prix of Canada

21 June    Grand Prix of Austria

05 July    Grand Prix of Great Britain

19 July    Grand Prix of Germany

26 July    Grand Prix of Hungary

23 August    Grand Prix of Belgium

06 September    Grand Prix of Italy

20 September    Grand Prix of Singapore

27 September    Grand Prix of Japan

11 October    Grand Prix of Russia (Sochi)

25 October    Grand Prix of USA (Austin)

1 November    Grand Prix of Mexico

15 November    Grand Prix of Brazil

29 November    Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi





FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP



The following amendments have been made to the Sporting Regulations, applicable from January 2015:


- In order to give more of an advantage to crews contesting all the stages, a seven-minute penalty, instead of five minutes, will be applied for a missed stage. The 10-minute penalty for missing the last stage of a day remains applicable.


- A WRC Team will be permitted a one-day test for each competition it nominates.


- Current Group N4 cars will be renamed as R4, in order to integrate them into the rally pyramid. This applies to all cars in the category worldwide.



The calendar for the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship is confirmed as follows:


25 January    Rallye Monte Carlo *

15 February    Rally Sweden

08 March    Rally Mexico

19 April    Rally Argentina

24 May    Rally Portugal

14 June    Rally Italy

05 July    Rally Poland

02 August    Rally Finland

23 August    Rallye Germany *

13 September    Rally Australia

04 October    Rally France *

25 October    Rally Spain

15 November    Rally Great Britain

* Subject to Event Promotion Agreement






FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP


To increase the value of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) and create an identity for each category of car, the organisation of the Championship has been amended from 2015.


- The overall ERC will be reserved for R5 and S2000 rally cars, the ERC 2 Championship has been created for drivers of Group N cars (current N4 cars), and the ERC 3 Championship will be for cars in Groups R3, R2 and R1.


- Titles for teams, drivers and co-drivers will be awarded, the total number of championship competitions will be reduced from 12 to 10 and the best seven (ERC and ERC 2) and six (ERC 3) results will count towards the titles.


- Additionally, the maximum age limit for ERC Junior drivers has been increased to 27 to attract more competitors and correspond with the limitation imposed for national junior championships.


- Only drivers registered in the ERC categories will receive Priority status, adding value and an advantage to registration, and only FIA and ERC Priority drivers will take part in Free Practice and Qualifying. The total distance of special stages is set at between 200 and 230 kilometres to provide consistency throughout the Championship.


- To further decrease costs, tyre quantities will be reduced. For four-wheel drive cars a maximum of 18 tyres per competition is permitted, and 14 for two-wheel drive cars.


- Testing has also been reduced to one day for each rally a driver is contesting.



FIA WORLD CUP FOR CROSS COUNTRY RALLIES


- In order to reduce costs for competitors, a number of new regulations have been implemented from January 2015. FIA Priority drivers competing in Bajas will be allowed to use only eight tyres per competition. If a tyre is damaged during the running of the competition, it may be replaced with the agreement of the FIA Technical Delegate.


However such a change will incur a 90 second time penalty for each tyre changed. In timed service areas on Bajas, only two mechanics and one engineer may work on a competing vehicle, and competitors may only refuel at commercial fuel stations using fuel on sale to the public.


- In order to adjust the balance of performance, restrictor diameters will be amended in 2015 depending on the average altitude of the competition. As such, the average altitude of the total distance of selective sections must be published in the Supplementary Regulations.

- The definition of a marathon cross country rally has been amended to be a competition with at least 5000 kilometres of selective sections, previously 3000 kilometres.

- To be included in the final classification a competitor must have checked in at the first time control of each leg and have checked in at the final time control of the competition.

- To be classified a competitor must not have received a fixed penalty on more than 50% of the legs of a rally. A fixed penalty will not be applied on the final day of a competition.

- The results of all Cross-Country rallies and the best five Bajas will be taken into account for the final classification, ensuring that with one additional competition in the calendar, teams can continue to operate at current budget levels.



The calendar for the 2015 FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies is confirmed as follows:


13-15 February    Baja Russia - Northern Forest

27 March-02 April    Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

19-24 April    Sealine Cross Country Rally

10-17 May    Pharaons Rally

18-21 June    Italian Baja

24-26 July    Baja España

13-16 August    Hungarian Baja

27-30 August    Baja Poland

03-09 October    Rallye du Maroc

22-24 October    Baja Portalegre


Tunisia Rally will run as a candidate event from 28 May to 2 June for possible inclusion in the 2016 calendar.



FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP


After the pre-season test campaign and the first race simulation, a number of adjustments to the sporting regulations of the 2014 Formula E championship have been agreed. The full regulations are available on the FIA website.




FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP


Introduction of cost management measures have been agreed as from 1 January 2015 including limitations of testing and tyre limitations per category. Further details will be included in the 2015 Sporting and Technical Regulations.




GT COMMISSION



A unified system of categorisation for GT3 drivers, centralised by the FIA, has been agreed. The use of the Driver Categorisation system for FIA championships and series is aimed at encouraging better sporting management.


A proposal to hold a ‘World Cup’ for GT3 cars, organised on the basis of a single competition, has been agreed. A call for expressions of interest will be opened with the aim of appointing a promoter.
 




HISTORIC MOTOR SPORT COMMISSION



Those cars homologated in Period J2 (1986-1990) will now be eligible to compete in the FIA Historic Sporting Rally Championship.
 




OFF-ROAD COMMISSION


The minimum weight of a Super Car in Rallycross will be set at 1,300kg, as of 1 January 2016 (no matter the cylinder capacity of the engine). A number of clarifications and changes to the Technical Regulations for Rallycross cars have been decided for 2015 or 2016. Further details are available on the FIA website.


The current FIA Cup for JuniorBuggy (for drivers aged 13 to 21) will be classified as the FIA European Autocross Championship for JuniorBuggy in 2015.


The 2015 FIA European Autocross Championship will adopt a Semi/Final format (as used in Rallycross since 2013). This replace the current Finals C, B, A format.



TRUCK RACING COMMISSION



As of 1 January 2015, in each race, points for all titles will now be awarded to each driver and team at each Competition according to the following scale: 1st: 20 points, 2nd: 15 points, 3rd: 12 points, 4th: 10 points, 5th: 8 points, 6th: 6 points, 7th: 4 points, 8th: 3 points, 9th: 2 points, 10th: 1 point.


As of 1 January 2015, the minimum allowed weight for Race Trucks is defined as follows: 5400 kg (down from 5500 kg), of which 3200 kg (down from 3300 kg) measured at the front wheels.
 



SINGLE-SEATER COMMISSION



A 2015 FIA Formula 3 Middle East Cup is planned for January 2015. Details will be confirmed in October 2014.


Formula 4 Championships for 2015, certified by the FIA, have been confirmed in Australia, China, Germany, and Japan, the UK and Northern Europe.


It was agreed to offer an ‘FIA F4 Best Driver’ award for each Formula 4 Championship certified by the FIA.




CIK COMMISSION


The CIK Commission has been mandated to carry out an analysis with regard to the proposal to introduce a new category below the KF-Junior category.


A “CIK-FIA South American Karting Academy Trophy” is to be introduced. The first round of the new series is to take place in early 2015.




MOTOR SPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME



After two years of work collecting the sport clubs’ data and information regarding their needs and priorities, the World Council adopted the FIA Sport Club Development plan.


This a roadmap to support the development of its 138 sport clubs worldwide through the drawing up of dedicated strategies with the goal of strengthening the growth and sustainability of motor sport in each country.


This will allow the Federation to buildup a strong “Global Training Programme” for all of its sport clubs in conjunction with the FIA Sport- Grant programme launched in August and which will close on 30th September 2014.


The FIA is now better positioned to strengthen its sport clubs, grow motor sport worldwide, including vital grassroots motor sport and encouraging young people into our sport.




FIA ACTION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT TASKFORCE

An update was given on the work of the Action for Environment Taskforce. It was established to follow up on the FIA Environmental Sustainability Strategy endorsed by the WMSC in June 2013 which has the goal of ensuring motor sport is recognised as an exemplar of best practice in environmental sustainability and will be a leader in environmental innovation, creating a positive impact on both the track and road.


World Council members Garry Connelly (Australia) and General Kiryanov (Russia) were appointed as delegates of the WMSC for environmental issues.



SUPER LICENCE


A mandate has been given to the FIA Administration to review the qualification and conditions for the issuing of a super licence, in consultation with all parties concerned. A proposal will be put forward for WMSC approval in December for implementation in 2016.



NEXT WMSC


The next meeting of the WMSC will take place in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday 3 December 2014.
 



 - FIA  also photo

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