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 FIA-FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: RALLY RAIDS IN ALL SHAPES AND COLOURS

The unification of the FIA and FIM World Championships, consisting of five rounds in their new format, makes the 2022 season a turning point in the history of rally raids. Its unique and harmonious blend of the spirit of adventure, extreme endurance, navigation and technical performance turns this sport into an exceptional spectacle for the stars and fans alike. The inclusion of the Dakar in a season-long competition offers a historic opportunity to unify the regulations of the sport and, at the same time, to raise its profile year-round. After the show gets on the road in Saudi Arabia on 1 January, the competition will head to Abu Dhabi in March, Kazakhstan in April, Andalusia in June and Morocco in October, setting the stage for a ferocious battle for the rider, driver and constructor titles at stake.

 The drama of top-flight competition

The Dakar is the highlight of the season. Only a few top competitors have what it takes to win it. The winners bask in the warm glow of victory, while the also-rans are sometimes left with a bitter taste in their mouths. The new format of the world championships will keep a prestigious goal in their sights throughout the year, with intermediate rounds that can turn the championship on its head and spark duels or full-blown battles. A total of five rounds will decide the winners of the World Championship in its inaugural edition. The riders, drivers and crews at the top of the final general standings will be crowned world champions in the motorbike and car categories. The results achieved during the season will also have an impact on the World Constructors' Championship, again with one prize per category.


Harmonised regulations and the pursuit of zero emissions

The discussions among the Dakar sporting teams, the FIA and the FIM has led to the result that all the stakeholders in rally raids wanted. For example, the specifications that govern the various classes and categories are now perfectly aligned, following a painstaking process of combing through each organisation's regulations to draw up joint texts. Harmonisation makes life easier for tuners, constructors, riders, drivers and crews. Furthermore, sporting arbitrage rules will be more transparent for everyone.

A great deal of thought has gone into putting rally raid on a path towards lower carbon emissions. This has been the guiding principle for the launch of the T1-Ultimate category for cars and trucks, which puts the spotlight on the constructors at the vanguard of the energy transition. The plain aims to have no fossil fuel cars on the start line by 2030 and to pursue all potential avenues of research to curb the emissions of vehicles in the other categories.


Calendar

In 2022, the maiden edition of the new format World Championships will comprise five rallies. The regulations also make a distinction between "marathon events" with more than 10 days of racing and shorter rallies which, for obvious reasons, will award fewer points.  

  • Dakar : 1er > 14/01
  • Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge : 5 > 10/03
  • Rally Kazakhstan : Cancelled in 2022
  • Andalucia Rally : 7 > 12/06
  • Rallye du Maroc : 7 > 12/10

FIA points scale

The standings will change according to the results of each stage and the overall outcome. The points awarded for stages will not be added to the tally unless the riders, drivers or crews remain in the race until the finish. However, competitors will be allowed to start a stage (and, therefore, to earn points) even if they have failed to complete the previous one, albeit with a heavy time penalty 

Marathon events

  • General standings, points awarded to the top 15 competitors: (50, 40, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2).
  • Stage classification, points awarded to the top 5 competitors: (5, 4, 3, 2 and 1).

Rally events

  • General standings, points awarded to the top 15 competitors: (30, 25, 20, 17, 15, 13, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2).
  • Stage classification, points awarded to the top 5 competitors: (5, 4, 3, 2 and 1).

Constructor classification

  • Each constructor can field a maximum of three riders, drivers or crews in each event. Only the top two from each team will score points, which will be awarded following the above scale.

FIM points scale   

Due to the particularities of the motorbike race, most notably the hazards faced by riders, the FIM strongly emphasises consistency over raw speed. Therefore, points towards the world championship standings will be based entirely on the final general standings of each event. A coefficient will be applied to the points at stake according to the event format.  

Scale of points

  • General standings, points awarded to the top 15 competitors: (25, 20, 16, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1).

Coefficients

  • A coefficient of 1 will be applied to "FIM Rally" events.
  • A coefficient of 1.5 will be applied to "FIM Marathon Rally" events. The result will be rounded up to the nearest integer.  

Constructor classification

  • Each constructor can field a maximum of three riders or drivers in each event. Only the top two from each team will score points, which will be awarded following the above scale.