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From next season rallies will continue to be organised over two-and-a- half days, from Friday to Sunday, with a minimum of 300km of special stages and the potential for a ceremonial start on Thursday.
Importantly, however, organisers will be given a degree of freedom, with the approval of the FIA and WRC Promoter, to ensure their event has unique qualities, giving a distinctive flavour year-on-year.
Organisers will be encouraged to include new and longer stages and there are plans to have reduced parts available at remote services to add to the sense of adventure and endurance, as well as provide greater opportunities for the media.
It is also planned that the running order for WRC events will be in championship order for Friday and Saturday, while on Sunday crews will run in reverse rally classification order for the closing stages.
Currently, no further changes are being made to the format of rallies, prior to more consultation.
In an effort to boost entries on events outside Europe, for 2015 nationally homologated cars will be permitted to participate in non-European events, without the eligibility to score Power Stage or championship points.
Finally, at the request of the organiser of Rally Argentina, the date of the 2015 event has been moved to conclude on 26 April.