Hosted by FIA President Jean Todt and FIA Deputy President for Sport, Graham Stoker, the World Motor Sport Council gathered at 4 of October in Cologne for its third meeting of 2019 at the Permanent Exhibition of the Michael Schumacher Private Collection at Motorworld. The following is a summary of the meeting and the main decisions taken and the 2020 calendar for FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies has been confirmed as follows:
22-27 February - Qatar Cross Country Rally
20-26 March - Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
24-29 May- Rally Kazakhstan
02-16 July - Silk Way Rally*
08-13 October- Rallye du Maroc*
A new points system will be introduced in 2020 to ensure that competitors who have retired can restart and remain in contention on subsequent legs. In addition to the points currently awarded for first to 10th in the overall and category classifications, for each championship and cup points will also be awarded to the fastest three crews on each leg on a scale of 3, 2 and 1 point respectively.
The homologation regulations for safety cages in T3S (SSV Series) vehicles will be modified to allow more freedom on the cage design, subject to compulsory static load testing on the chassis with the safety cage unit. This should help competitors to adapt cars and avoid a complete redesign of the series chassis.
The number of days and distances for Cross Country events have been modified. A Marathon Rally must not exceed 15 days and have a minimum distance of 2500kms of selective sections. Cross Country Rallies must not run over more than seven days with five days of competition and a minimum of 1200kms of selective sections, while Bajas will now have a total distance for selective sections of at least 350kms. None of the events must have selective sections exceeding 600 kilometres.
*Subject to ASN confirmation