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Tue 26 Mar 2024

2024 event format explained

From racing for position to fighting for championship points in every race, the title battle in World RX in 2024 is set to be an altogether different challenge to previous campaigns…

The sporting format for the FIA World Rallycross Championship has evolved for the 2024 campaign, with the races set to be even more exciting and dramatic for fans as drivers are incentivised to push flat-out on every single lap. So how does it all break down?


Each race weekend will begin with the traditional practice sessions, to allow competitors to settle into the groove, refine their set-ups and get to grips with the track if it is new to them.


The single-lap SuperPole shootout has been replaced by pre-determined starting positions for all heats, in which competitors will line up side-by-side on the same row. This will ensure greater parity by reducing the jeopardy of track evolution and grid slots.


What this means is that – in the instance of a 16-car field – every driver will compete in the first race of a heat once, the second race of a heat once, the third race of a heat once and the fourth race of a heat once. They will also start one race from pole position, one race from second on the grid, one race from third on the grid and one race from fourth on the grid. This will be adapted accordingly for races featuring more or less than four cars, and double-header events will comprise fewer heats.


CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS UP FOR GRABS IN EVERY RACE


Competitors will race for position rather than time, making the format more easily understandable. Championship points will be awarded in all heat races, from five for the winner down to a single point for fifth place. Non-finishers will receive one point, while non-starters will not score. Failure to take the joker lap will result in a one-point deduction, with disqualification being penalised by the loss of at least two championship points.


The points scored during the heats will form the basis for the ranking, with tie-breaks resolved in favour of the driver who achieved better results from starting positions further from pole.


The top 12 drivers in the classification will advance to the semi-finals, with those placed first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and 11th participating in semi-final one and those placed second, fourth, sixth, eighth, tenth and 12th lining up in semi-final two. Each semi-final will take the form of a six-car race on a two-by-two grid, and like the heats, will run over five laps.


Ten championship points will be awarded to each semi-final winner, with eight points going to the runner-up and then six points, four points, two points and one point respectively for the remaining finishers. Non-finishers will receive one point, while non-starters will not score. Failure to take the joker lap will result in a one-point deduction, with disqualification being penalised by the loss of at least two championship points.


The same format and scoring system applies to the final, contested by the top three finishers from each semi-final. The positions in the ranking will determine which of the semi-final winners begins the final on pole – with the higher-ranked driver taking precedence. The same logic will decide the grid positions for the second and third-placed semi-finalists.


The maximum possible score from a race weekend will therefore be 40 championship points, with all points counting towards the overall classification. Should two drivers end up tied on points, they will be separated by most wins in finals (and then second places, third places and so forth if necessary).


“I think it’s good that we are going back to scoring points in the heats,” opines CE Dealer Team star and seven-time World RX winner, Niclas Grönholm. “Last year, you could have a really good weekend until almost the end and still come away with not much to show for it.


“I think racing and fighting for position is always going to make drivers go for the smallest gaps, so there will maybe be more incidents and collisions and a little bit more work for the mechanics fixing the cars between the races, but that is all more action so from the fans’ perspective, I think it’s good.”