From Andrew Dunwoody [ 09/09/2003 ].
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FIA Rule Changes and Calendar for 2004
The “Mille Pistes” concept
Except for the first two events (Monaco and Sweden, where planning is already too advanced), the following event structure will be adopted.
Wednesday: first single-pass reconnaissance;
Thursday: balance of first reconnaissance (if any), scrutineering, shakedown, optional ceremonial start;
Friday: second single-pass reconnaissance of Friday stages, followed by Friday stages themselves;
Saturday: second single-pass reconnaissance of Saturday stages, followed by Saturday stages themselves
Sunday: second single-pass reconnaissance of Sunday stages, followed by Sunday stages themselves.
Events where this structure will result in a day which is too lengthy can apply for a waiver for reduced stage mileage.
All competitors will use either absolutely standard road cars or their rally cars for all reconnaissance.
Gravel cars will no longer be allowed.
Manufacturers Team Structure
Currently, manufacturer points are scored by the best two results from three cars entered.
From 2004 manufacturer points will be scored by two-car teams with both results counting.
This will lower the barrier to new manufacturers, reduce the differential between the well and not so well financed teams and create a more level playing field.
The 2004 Calendar
Monte Carlo January 23, 24, 25
Sweden February 6, 7, 8
Mexico March 12, 13, 14
Argentina April 30, May 1, 2
Cyprus May 14, 15, 16
Greece May 28, 29, 30
Turkey June 25, 26, 27
New Zealand July 16, 17, 18
Finland August 6, 7, 8
Germany August 20, 21, 22
Japan September 3, 4, 5
Great Britain September 17, 18, 19
Italy October 1, 2, 3
France October 15, 16, 17
Spain October 29, 30, 31
Australia November 12, 13, 14