Rules revamp for WTCC in 2017
A number of exciting additional changes to the FIA World Touring Car Championship sporting regulations were approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in Vienna today. A summary follows.
WTCC MAC3 takes two
Following the success of Manufacturers Against the Clock (WTCC MAC3) season one, the Tour de France-inspired team trial – a first for international motorsport – will continue with more points on offer and the debut of Team Volvo Polestar in store in 2017. Although eight points will continue to be awarded to the second-placed team, the winning line-up gets 12 points (up two from 2016).
Joker laps for WTCC
The WTCC’s sporting regulations for 2017 will include the allowance for FIA World Rallycross-style ‘joker’ laps to be introduced subject to the approval of the FIA’s Safety and Circuit Commissions. Aimed primarily at spicing up the action during the street races in Marrakech and Vila Real, ‘joker’ laps cannot be taken until the third lap of a race and their addition at events will be subject to a full safety inspection being completed.
Main Race gets more laps and points
With the exception of the three-lappers at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the weekend-closing Main Race will be two laps longer than the Opening Race, while the points structure will be changed as follows: 1=30 points; 2=23; 3=19; 4=16; 5=13; 6=10; 7=7; 8=4; 9=2; 10=1.
Two-day events to reduce costs
WTCC events will be held over two days in 2017*. Friday testing will be no more with Free Practice 1 and 2 increasing from 30 to 45 minutes to ensure no track time is lost. *The timetable for WTCC Race of Germany at Nürburgring Nordschleife may require an extra day of activity.