The World Endurance Championship will introduce a “dropped scores” rule similar to that once used in F1 in an attempt to “spice up” the championship this year.
In LMP1, the manufacturers will only be able to count their top scores in six of the eight races, one of which must be Le Mans. On top of that, only the highest finisher of each manufacturers’ cars will score.
It’s pretty clear this has been done to allow Toyota to compete with Audi, as Toyota won’t be at the first race in Sebring. With Peugeot pulling out at the last minute it’s probably a sensible move, providing it’s temporary. Dropped score points systems can be a right headache.
Rule Changes Introduced to Spice Up LMP1 Manufacturer’s World Title in 2012
In a change to the original FIA World Endurance Championship regulations issued in December, only the highest finishing car in LMP1 will score championship points for the Manufacturer’s World Title at each of the eight rounds in 2012 and only the six best scores, which must include the points scored at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, will count towards the title. This means that Toyota, who are entering the Championship at Spa in May, will be able to take the challenge to Audi in 2012.
“The changes were requested following the withdrawal of Peugeot from the FIA World Endurance Championship last month and were agreed by all parties,” said FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu. “The changes will allow Toyota, who have brought forward their participation in the championship to round 2 in Spa, to fight with Audi for the inaugural World Endurance Championship Manufacturer’s title.
“These changes to the regulations will certainly make the 2012 season more exciting for both teams and spectators alike.”
The changes were agreed by the FIA Endurance Commission and ratified by the FIA World Council.
The regulations regarding the FIA World Endurance Driver’s Championship and the other titles are unchanged.
With 30 confirmed entries for 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship will start in Florida on March 17 with the 60th edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring, one of the world’s leading endurance races. The FIA WEC will also visit Belgium, France, UK, Brazil, Bahrain, Japan and China.