After an excellent first season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this year some changes have been approved to keep improving.
Two new circuits
The main innovations for 2015 is the inclusion of two new races in the Championship calendar, both known in Europe for hosting on different occasions the most famous motor races. Barcelona RX, replacing the round of Finland, will be held during the weekend of 19th and 20th September at the renowned Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, making it the 10th round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2015. This season, Barcelona will not only be in the spotlight during this weekend but also on April 13th, when the Circuit will host the presentation of the Championship to the media, a few days before the beginning of the competition in Portugal. The second incorporation in 2015 calendar is Hockenhiem in Germany, which will be the second round of the championship the first weekend of May. There, viewers will enjoy a highly acclaimed competition, the DTM. The RX circuit is now being built in the final sector of the famous German track Sachs Arena.
European Championship and World Championship: their own semifinals and finals
The functioning of the FIA European Rallycross Championship will continue to share five events of World RX as in 2014. All Supercars will race together the first heats, but the novelty comes after the fourth heat: from now, two intermediate ranking list will be created by separating pilots of the European RX and World RX so they can compete in their own semifinals and finals. Thus, all riders will battle on track for victory in its class and also a progression between European and world will be provided.
Super1600 and TouringCar have their own European calendar
The categories of Super1600 and TouringCar have their own calendar this 2015 European Championship, aiming to suit the budget and the ability of the respective competitors. Super1600 will be at 7 rounds based in Europe, one of them will be Barcelona RX, while TouringCar in five, particularly focused on the Nordic area of Europe where it is more popular. Finally, RX Lites will also be present at the World RX in seven rounds of this season.
More cost control for teams and drivers
The Promoter of the FIA World Championship Rallycross, the company IMG, has established this season control of the costs of equipment and drivers with the aim of maximizing the relationship between costs and benefits. To this end, the Council Mundal Sports Rallycross announced the following limitations in reference to the members of a team:
– In a team of two cars can be assigned a maximum of 10 engineers and two members out of this technical field. For teams with three or four cars, there is an additional level of accreditation of personnel.
– Teams must register all the activity in Paddock in order to show it to the organizers if necessary for reasons of security or compliance regulations.
– Finally, the World RX teams have reached an agreement to limit the tests to four days and not more than 40 laps per day, outside the official test days.
New drivers and teams
There are even more news for the second edition of the 2015 FIA World Championship Rallycross Championship: the incorporation of new drivers and teams. The EKS RX will compete with the Audi S1 Quattros in the World RX, while Audi Motorsport All-inkl.com Mnnich will do it with the Audi S3 Supercars. European Rallycross Champion 2014 Robin Larsson made a step forward this year and he will compete with the Audi A1 in the World RX. A new team formed by Manfred Stohl and Max Pucher, will be Team Austria, who will participate in the World RX with two Ford Fiesta. And certainly on April 13th we will discover more new features for this season in the FIA World Rallycross Championship 2015 presentation in Barcelona.