The Cross Country Rally World Championship is born with the Dakar as a great attraction

The tournament in January 2022 with the mythical test and will have a maximum of five dates.

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In 2022 the Cross Country will have its first World Championship, after receiving approval from the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) of the International Automobile Federation.

The new contest, which until now had the status of FIA Cup, will start nothing less than with the Dakar rally, from January 2 to 14 next in Saudi Arabia. Its exclusive promoter will be the French company Amaury Sport Organization, which organizes the Dakarian adventure, for a period of five years.

Dakar RallyAs part of the new agreement, the sporting and technical regulations of the FIA ​​and ASO will be aligned, ensuring consistency for competitors at all events.

The FIA ​​will also develop technical regulations for new, alternative and experimental technologies within the discipline, in line with its environmental strategy to support climate action, technology and innovation and sustainable practices. "I am delighted with the outcome of the long and fruitful discussions with ASO, which becomes the promoter of the FIA ​​World Rally Championship for cross-country rally, with a calendar that includes the famous Dakar.", he claimed Jean Todt, President of the FIA.

"At a time when cross country is undergoing a fundamental transformation, the creation of an FIA World Championship is excellent news for the development of our discipline", admitted Yann Le Moënner, CEO of ASO.

"Through the World Cup, conductors, manufacturers and organizers will benefit from the exhibition throughout the year, increasing the media coverage of the discipline and its audience around the world"added the executive.

Stéphane PeterhanselThe 2022 tournament schedule will be announced later this year and will include a maximum of five rounds, including the Dakar rally, with open events for vehicles T1, T2, T3 y T4.

The T3 and T4 categories, in particular, will also benefit from further development under this agreement, and new FIA regulations for the T5 prototype trucks by 2022, which will guarantee the inclusion of all categories of vehicles for professionals and amateurs in the World Championship.

The FIA ​​World Championship titles will be awarded to the driver, co-driver and manufacturer who wins the overall ranking, while new titles will be introduced for all other categories, including a manufacturers title in both T4 and T5.

This new Cross Country World Championship becomes the seventh under the direction of the FIA, joining the World Championship F1, WRC, Wec, RallyCross, Formula E y Karting.

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by RadioArroba.com; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog: automundo.com.ar.

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