2010 WRC Season Commentary

2010 WRC Summary by General Article :

New and good is the points system, which changed from top8 of 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 to top10 of 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. And the FIA has been so clever to introduce the new points system moments after the Rallye Monte Carlo was run, such the IRC, who in accordance with the FIA use the FIA points system, cannot change any more and the WRC has the better points system for 2010!

The points system is important, as it is one of the reasons why there are no fights in WRC events. With the previous system there was 10 points for the win and 8 points for 2nd, giving very little reward for fighting for wins. With the new points system that situation is turned round. However this is only part of the story. The WRC still has 2 car teams with the best 2 cars scoring, and no drop scores (best X of Y scores per season counted), meaning for a team any retirement is still maximum disaster and there is still a question mark if a team should allow his driver to take risks for a battle for victory. However, new points system is a big step into the right direction.

Other than that main change is to the calendar again. The first three rounds of 2009, Ireland, Norway and Cyprus, all drop out of the WRC for good, while the WRC fails to convince Rallye Monte Carlo to return to the WRC. The Monte rather stays in the IRC, which in itself is a testimony that not everything is right in the WRC and that there is a good reason for the IRC. Why the Monte is better off in the IRC is already explained in the WRC and IRC round ups of 2009.

Further on in the calendar Australia is replaced by NZ and should carry on to alter like that, which shows the rotation system is still in place. In other aspects the FIA seems to have given up on the rotation system again. Poland is out again for good and Acropolis is out supposedly as a one off. Instead Mexico, Turkey, Deutschland and Japan are back again. Completely new is an asphalt event in Bulgaria. But very similar to Poland the year before, there is a huge and enthusiastic local fan following, and I feel sorry for them losing their events again, but other than that Bulgaria like Poland seem generally meaningless or in stages characterless and unloved events. So Bulgaria is also dropped for good again after only that one season.

Another shocker is that Corsica is not to return, but the French WRC round from 2010 onwards is a new event based on the former FRC Rallye Alsace-Voges. It includes famous Alsace-Voges stages that in the past Peugeot and Citroën liked for WRC asphalt testing, but the base of the rally is in Strasbourg with a superspecial in Haguenau, Sébastien Loeb’s home town! Good event to be honest, but an utter sin to drop classic, unique Tour de Corse for this. The decission to replace Tour de Corse by Rallye d’Alsace (as it is now called, dropping the Voges bit) is actually done by the French motorsport authorities, but it seems this was the result on event layout pressure from the FIA. In fact read the Tour de Corse descirpion in the IRC 2012 write up to see what a real top level rally should be like!

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On the sporting side not much to report really. Only manufacturers are Citroën & Ford again, with support teams coming from PH Sport; Stobart & Munchies again. That’s it, only two types of cars for definite. Loeb wins 8 of the 13 rallies and claims title number 7!
 

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Citroën Citroën, 2010 - Citroën Racing : 1st on 456 points.
 

 

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Ford Ford, 2010 - BP Ford Abu Dhabi Rallye Team : 2nd on 337 points.
 

 

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Citroën Citroën, 2010 - Citroën Junior Team : 3rd on 217 points.
 

 

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Ford Ford, 2010 - Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team : 4th on 176 points.
 

 

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Ford Ford, 2010 - Munchi's Ford World Rally Team : 5th on 58 points.
 

 

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