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Thu 19 Jan 2023

WRC support categories explained

The FIA World Rally Championship’s support categories have undergone some minor changes for the 2023 campaign. To help you find your way around the classes, here are the key facts you need to know ahead of Rallye Monte-Carlo (19 - 22 January).

Who competes in WRC2?
WRC2 is the home to all Rally2-specification cars, the sport’s second tier behind the hybrid-powered Rally1 cars. The main cars to look out for are:

Citroën C3

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai i20

Škoda Fabia

Volkswagen Polo GTI

How does the WRC2 championship work?
Every round of the WRC season incorporates the WRC2 class, but drivers and co-drivers may only nominate seven scoring rounds. Their best six results count.

Are there other classes within WRC2?
Yes. WRC2 Challenger (formerly known as WRC2 Junior) is now open to WRC2-registered drivers and co-drivers who have not previously won a title with Rally2 machinery at WRC level. Drivers previously nominated for WRC manufacturer points are also ineligible. This is different from last year, when eligibility was based on age and not experience.

What happens to the WRC Masters Cup?
Regulation changes mean the WRC Masters Cup is now open to drivers and co-drivers in Rally2, Rally3, Rally4, Rally5 and RGT machinery. To be eligible, competitors must be aged 50 and over.  

How does the WRC2 Teams’ Championship work?
Some drivers competing in WRC2 will also be scoring points for teams, such as Toksport and PH Sport. A team can nominate two drivers per rally to score. Teams can enter up to six rallies in Europe and one long-haul event. Their five best European scores and the long-haul rally will determine their final standing.

Are there Power Stage points?
Yes, the three fastest drivers on the final stage of the weekend will score three, two and one points towards their overall championship standing.

What do the letters stand for next to a driver’s name on the entry sheet in WRC2?
The letters next to a driver pairing on the entry list notify what categories they are nominated for. This is what each letter stands for:

D = Drivers’ championship
C = Co-Drivers’ championship
T = Teams’ championship
CD = Challenger championship Drivers
CC = Challenger championship Co-Drivers

How does WRC3 work in 2022?
The WRC3 championship is exclusively for homologated Rally3 cars. Currently only M-Sport Poland’s Ford Fiesta Rally3 is eligible, however, Renault’s Clio Rally3 is expected to be homologated by the end of April. Drivers and co-drivers may nominate five events on which to score points, counting their best four results.

What about the FIA Junior WRC?
The FIA Junior WRC takes place over five rounds. It's for drivers born on or after 01/01/1994 using identical Ford Fiesta Rally3 Cars prepared by M-Sport Poland. The Junior WRC remains a standalone world championship, but contenders are also eligible to score WRC3 points should they wish.

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