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.
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.
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.