Two-wheel drive and historic rally cars will be able to run first on the road on rally events after the Motor Sports Association relaxed its seeding rules.
The change, which comes into place on July 1, means events can split fields into two sections and the first field can be run in reverse order.
That will allow Category 1 historics and low-powered two-wheel-drive cars to head the order, which has decimated those entries since the performance-first seeding came in during 2015.
David Richards, MSA chairman, said: “The MSA’s position on seeding has always been subject to regular review and I’m pleased that we have reached a point where we can once again accommodate two-wheel-drive and historic machinery on the smoothest roads at the front of the field.
“We have listened to feedback from the sport and trust that this revised approach will be well received by the rallying community.”
The change also means it is possible to seed the first field by class, so series such as the BTRDA and British Championship could field their competitors together to increase camaraderie and keep their start and finish times similar for parity, rather than the current system where they can be spread through the running order.
New for this year, the change is along the same lines as the Rally2WD initiative, which is helped to prompt the change. Rally2WD ran a pioneering format where two-wheel drive cars and four-wheel-drive cars were split into two events.
However, without this new change, it meant the rally only worked where the service park was close to the stages.
This new change should make the format more effective and give organisers greater flexibility.