Main Race gets more laps and points
With the exception of the three-lappers at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the weekend-closing Main Race will be at least two laps longer than the Opening Race, while the points structure will be changed as follows: 1=30 points; 2=23; 3=19; 4=16; 5=13; 6=10; 7=7; 8=4; 9=2; 10=1.
Joker laps for WTCC
The WTCC’s sporting regulations for 2017 will include the allowance for FIA World Rallycross-style ‘joker’ laps to be introduced subject to the approval of the FIA’s Safety and Circuit commissions. Aimed primarily at spicing up the action during the street races in Marrakech and Vila Real, ‘joker’ laps require drivers to follow a short alternative route on one of both the Opening Race and Main Race. However, they cannot be taken until the third lap of a race and their inclusion at events will be subject to a full safety inspection being completed.
WTCC MAC3 takes two
Following the success of Manufacturers Against the Clock (WTCC MAC3) season one, the Tour de France-inspired team trial – a first for international motorsport – will continue with more points on offer and the debut of Team Volvo Polestar in store in 2017. Although eight points will continue to be awarded to the second-placed team, the winning line-up gets 12 points (up two from 2016).
Two-day events to reduce costs
WTCC events will be held over two days in 2017*. Pre-weekend testing will be no more with Free Practice 1 and 2 increasing from 30 to 45 minutes to ensure no track time is lost.
*The timetable for WTCC Race of Germany at Nürburgring Nordschleife may require an extra day of track activity.