The World Rally Championship will adopt the same top-10 scoring system to be used by Formula 1 this year. The measure has been put in place immediately after a fax vote by the World Motor Sport Council and the WRC entrants, so will apply from the season-opening Rally Sweden, which commences tomorrow night.
The top 10 drivers on each rally will now score using the 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-5-4-2-1 method that F1 has switched to for 2010. This system will be used for the individual class competitions – for Junior, Production and S2000 runners – within the WRC as well.
F1's scoring change has been motivated by a desire to give event winners a greater reward after fears that there was little incentive to push for victory with only a two-point difference between the first and second-place scores. In 2008, Sebastien Loeb won 11 WRC rounds but could not clinch the title until the penultimate round as Mikko Hirvonen's consistency kept him in contention.
Today's announcement marks a return to top-10 scoring in the WRC for the first time since 1997, when the championship moved to adopt the then-F1 top-six method to replace its previous 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 points distribution for the top 10 finishers.