The 2024 calendar for the FIA European Historic Rally Championship has been announced (see our calendar pages this issue and on the HMRN website) and will feature nine events across Europe on both tarmac and gravel surfaces and visit seven countries next season. The series retains its points scoring system where the six best scores from the nine rounds will count towards the four period Category championships for historic cars homologated up to 1990.
As part of a range of competitor friendly moves for the new season, the FIA is introducing new titles into the championship to support competitors at all ends of the field. For the first time, competitors will be able to compete for an overall FIA European Historic Rally Champion title for driver/co-driver. Whilst the Category Championships for cars from different eras will still remain, the new overall title will be fought across all nine rounds, providing an extra incentive for those looking to compete for a prestigious new trophy.
In order to add a further incentive and encourage smaller capacity and front wheel drive cars, two additional titles have been created. The FIA Historic 1600cc Rally Trophy will be open to cars up to 1600cc from Categories 1-4, giving smaller engine cars their own title. Also, recognising the increasing number of front wheel drive cars competing in Europe, a new FIA Historic FWD Rally Trophy will also debut in 2024, giving competitors a new title to focus on during the season, both new titles with the six best scores counting.
President of the FIA Historic Motorsport Commission, John Naylor said, “These new incentives will add more competition to the series in 2024. The events all offer remote service and have a ‘throwback’ feel for competitors to celebrate the history of how rallying used to be. The new titles will add extra interest and build on the ethos of ‘something for everyone’, regardless of budgets. The popular format of 1½-day events with around 140km of stages remains in 2024, giving competitors a compact series of rallies with a strong social element built around them too. With just under 60 competitors registered in 2023, we’re looking to bring more new faces into the series with these new incentives. 2023 feedback from existing competitors shows it’s a great championship to be part of, and there’s a warm welcome to new competitors from the very supportive FIA team on all events.”
With the popular Elba Rally Storico in Italy returning to the championship after a short break, the calendar has been further improved for 2024 with increased time between events compared to 2023. Get all the info at www.fia.com/EHRC.
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