2019 World Rally Championship-2
|2019 FIA World Rally Championship-2|
|Drivers' Champion: Pierre-Louis Loubet|
Co-drivers' Champion: Vincent Landais
FIA World Rally Championship
FIA World Rally Championship-2 Pro
FIA Junior World Rally Championship
The 2019 FIA World Rally Championship-2 was the seventh season of the World Rally Championship-2, an auto racing championship for rally cars that is recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile as the second-highest tier of international rallying. The category was created when the Group R class of rally car was introduced in 2013 and runs in support of the World Rally Championship. The championship is open to cars complying with R5 regulations.
The 2019 season saw the creation of a new class within the championship, known as the World Rally Championship-2 Pro. The Pro class was open to manufacturer entries competing in cars built to R5 specifications, while the wider World Rally Championship-2 was open to privately-entered cars.
|Round||Dates||Rally||Rally headquarters||Rally details|
|1||24 January||27 January||Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo||Gap, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur||Mixed[a]||16[b]||323.83 km|
|2||14 February||17 February||Rally Sweden||Torsby, Värmland||Snow||19||316.80 km|
|3||7 March||10 March||Rally Guanajuato México||León, Guanajuato||Gravel||21||316.51 km|
|4||28 March||31 March||Tour de Corse||Bastia, Corsica||Tarmac||14||347.51 km|
|5||25 April||28 April||Rally Argentina||Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba||Gravel||18[c]||347.50 km|
|6||9 May||12 May||Rally Chile||Talcahuano, Biobío||Gravel||16||304.81 km|
|7||30 May||2 June||Rally de Portugal||Matosinhos, Porto||Gravel||20[d]||311.47 km|
|8||13 June||16 June||Rally Italia Sardegna||Alghero, Sardinia||Gravel||19||310.52 km|
|9||1 August||4 August||Rally Finland||Jyväskylä, Central Finland||Gravel||23||307.58 km|
|10||22 August||25 August||ADAC Rallye Deutschland||Bostalsee, Saarland||Tarmac||19||344.04 km|
|11||12 September||15 September||Rally of Turkey||Marmaris, Muğla||Gravel||17||318.77 km|
|12||3 October||6 October||Wales Rally GB||Llandudno, Conwy||Gravel||22[e]||312.75 km|
|13||24 October||27 October||RACC Rally Catalunya de España||Salou, Catalonia||Mixed[f]||17||325.56 km|
|–||N/A||N/A||Rally Australia||Coffs Harbour, New South Wales||Gravel||Cancelled[g]|
Following the return of Rally Turkey to the championship in 2018, the FIA announced plans to expand the calendar to fourteen rounds in 2019 with the long-term objective of running sixteen championship events. Twelve prospective bids for events were put together, including candidate events in New Zealand, Japan and Chile. Prospective events in Kenya, Croatia, Canada and Estonia expressed interest in joining the calendar within five years.
The planned expansion put pressure on European rounds to maintain their position on the calendar as teams were unwilling to contest sixteen events immediately. The Tour de Corse and Rally Italia Sardegna proved to be unpopular among teams for the logistical difficulties of travelling to Corsica and Sardinia and low spectator attendance at the events. Organisers of Rally Japan reached an agreement with the sport's promoter to host a rally in 2019, with the proposed event moving from Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido to Toyota City in Honshu. However, plans to return to Japan were abandoned when the promoter came under pressure to retain the Tour de Corse.
The proposed events in Japan and Kenya ran candidate events in 2019 in a bid to join the championship in 2020. Both were successful in secure a place on the 2020 calendar. The calendar published in October 2018 included Rally Chile as part of the expansion to fourteen rounds. The event was based in Concepción and ran on gravel roads.
The route of Rallye Monte Carlo was shortened by 70.91 km (44.1 mi) compared to the 2018 route. The route was revised after rule changes that were introduced for the 2019 championship limited the maximum distance of a route to 350 km (217.5 mi). Organisers of the Tour de Corse announced plans for a new route, with up to three-quarters of the 2019 route being revised from the 2018 rally. Rally de Portugal was also shortened by 46.72 km (29.0 mi) compared to the 2018 route.
In accordance with the 2019 regulations, all crews in WRC-2 are required to register as independent entrants. Teams are still allowed to be present, but only to prepare the car for the driver.
The formation of the World Rally Championship-2 Pro class saw the introduction of changes to class eligibility. The Pro class will be open to manufacturer-supported entries, with teams permitted to enter two crews per event. Pro class entries must contest a minimum of eight rallies, including one outside Europe. Only the eight best results will contribute to the Pro class championship. Crews contesting the wider World Rally Championship-2 will not face any such restrictions.
The team's championship of the wider World Rally Championship-2 was discontinued. Entrants in the championship are now required to register under the name of the crew's driver.
Results and standingsEdit
Points were awarded to the top ten classified finishers in each event.
- The Monte Carlo Rally was run on a tarmac and snow surface.
- The third stage of the rally was cancelled on safety grounds when spectator areas became overcrowded.
- The third stage of the rally was cancelled due to the weather.
- The 14th and the 15th stage of the rally was cancelled.
- The 20th stage of the rally was cancelled due to insufficient safety cover.
- The first leg of Rally Catalunya will run on gravel stages and the second and third legs on tarmac stages.
- Rally Australia was cancelled due to a bushfire emergency in Northern New South Wales.
- Pseudonym of Massimo Pedretti.
- Grégoire Munster entered Rally Monte Carlo with a racing licence issued by Luxembourg and Rally Finland with a Belgian licence.
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