14 Feb 08
To win the P-WRC drivers need to combine raw talent with dogged determination and complete trust of their cool-headed co-driver. The pressure to succeed is immense, every second counts during three days of intense competition, as only eight drivers out of the P-WRC field can score points on each event.
Participation in six of the eight events is mandatory, with entrants nominating their six events before the start of the season. Missing one of those selected can warrant exclusion from the championship. There is no age limit on competitors.
Each organiser of a P-WRC round can nominate two local competitors to make a one-off entry into P-WRC events as Guest Drivers, on its own event. Guest Drivers are also eligible to score P-WRC points.
Drivers can score points on six of the eight rounds as they compete for the title of FIA Production car World Rally Champion. The top eight registered drivers on each of the eight rounds of the P-WRC score points on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Different drivers competing under a team entry score points for themselves, not the team.
The competition number
The 2008 P-WRC competitors are allocated start numbers between 31 and 60, which they will carry on every championship round. As entries can be made in the name of a driver or a team, the number belongs to the entrant and teams may wish to change drivers during the season. Guest Drivers compete under car numbers 59 and 60.
The P-WRC drivers must use a car built to the FIA's Group N regulations or under the FIA's Super 2000 regulations*. These showroom specification cars are road legal vehicles with four-wheel drive and turbo-charged engines, producing over 260bhp.
Japanese manufacturers Mitsubishi and Subaru have used the P-WRC to showcase the agility and performance of their most exciting road cars to a global audience and with the championship now open to more manufacturers by including Super 2000, the manufacturer showcase platform has expanded considerably.
To prevent costs from escalating, the P-WRC competitors are limited in several aspects of servicing:
1 - Only 5 mechanics (and the crew) may work on the car during the service breaks.
2 - Competitors must use a control fuel.
3 - From 2008, all four-wheel drive competitors in the P-WRC must use WRC's control tyre by Pirelli.
4 - The number of tyres competitors may use is limited, and teams must nominate the tyres' bar codes in advance.
(* A permanent bureau of technical experts has the power to change the minimum weight and other variables in order to maintain equilibrium in performance.)