Description of the competition

The FIA World Rallycross Championship (official abbreviation is World RX) is a rallycross series organised by the FIA in conjunction with series promoters IMG Motorsport.

Format

The series currently consists of 12 two-day events driven on closed circuits with mixed surface (mostly asphalt and gravel). Each event consists of:

  • 4 Qualifying heats. In each of the 4 series there are smaller races containing 3 to 5 cars, and the driver with the fastest overall race time after 4 laps (including one so-called Joker Lap) is declared the qualifying winner of Q1, Q2, Q3 and/or Q4. Drivers earn ‘intermediate points’ based on their positions. After the 4 qualifying series, the points are added up and the 12 drivers with the most points in the ‘intermediate standings’ move into the next round.
  • 2 Semi-Finals. 6 cars race in each of both semi-finals, which are run over 6 laps (incl. one Joker Lap). The top 3 drivers in each semi-final move into the final round.
  • Final. Like the semi-finals, this race is contested by 6 cars over 6 laps (incl. one Joker Lap). The winner of the final is deemed to be the event winner. However, the final winner has not necessarily claimed the most championship points from the whole event.

Two classes are currently run, Supercar and RX2. An electric category was planned to be introduced in 2020, but it was announced on 16 August 2018 that the introduction of a fully electric Championship would be delayed until 2021 to allow manufacturers more time to submit an interest to join following the rules change. The eRX2 was announced on August 1, 2020 to be replacing the RX2 category for the 2021 season.

A new electric rallycross car, Projekt E, was revealed in September 2019 at the Riga Motor Museum in Latvia.

Points system

World Championship points are scored as follows: