Rally Argentina confirmed for 2019
The FIA World Motor Sport Council confirmed the World Rally Championship 2019 calendar, where Argentina is part again of this international series.
- Rally Argentina will be run on April 25 to 28
- It will be the 5th round of the WRC
- 14 is the total number of events to be run in 2019
During the third 2018 meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, celebrated in Paris, the WRC calendar for season 2019 was confirmed, among other items, presenting some news.
Organized by the Automovil Club Argentino, Rally Argentina will form part of this international competition once again in April accomplishing it`s 39th edition.
Among other changes for 2019, the calendar will have 14 rounds, one more than in the last years, five of which will be run outside Europe with the inclusion of Chile as a new world event.
More details from the FIA Press Release
In order to give consistent identity to drivers and assist with promotion, Priority 1 drivers will be free to choose their permanent car number from 2019, except number 1, which will always be reserved for the reigning World Rally Champion.
As part of an overall cost reduction plan aimed at removing or reducing the cost of elements that do not add to the spectacle of the Championship, the number of test days will be reduced from 55 to 42 for WRC Manufacturer teams. The total distance of special stages has been reduced from a maximum of 500 to a maximum of 350 kilometres.
From 2019, the support championships will be restructured to help increase the number of entrants in Manufacturer Championships, to boost the number of factory supported drivers and cars, and further encourage private competitors to the WRC 2 and Junior WRC Championships. Building on the success of the R5 car, a new WRC 2 Pro Championship for Drivers, Co-Drivers and Manufacturers will be created as a platform for registered R5 manufacturers.
The same specification R5 car will continue to be used in the FIA WRC 2 Championship. This championship will be solely for private entrants, with the intention being to attract more drivers from national and regional championships.
In order to continue supporting the progression of young talent in the sport, the format of the Junior WRC Championship will remain unchanged. The WRC 3 Championship will cease from 2019 although competitors in two-wheel drive cars are still eligible to enter events.
The Championships will therefore be as follows:
FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers, Co-drivers and Manufacturers
FIA WRC 2 Pro Championship for Drivers, Co-drivers and Manufacturers
FIA WRC 2 Championship for Drivers and Co-drivers
FIA Junior WRC Championship for Drivers, Co-drivers and Nations