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Rule changes for 2005
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Calendar
Switch to winter calendarA proposal is made of switch from annual calendar to a winter calendar where season starts from autumn, runs through winter and ends at the fall of the next year. Proposal included a shorter transition calendar for first part of 2007. This proposal is left un-implemented.
 
JWRC
Junior calendarThe number of Championship events is increased to eight and the drivers must nominate seven (was six) rallies in the Championship in which they will participate.
 
PWRC
Production calendarThe number of Championship events is increased to eight and the drivers must nominate six rallies in the Championship in which they will participate.
 
Sporting
Rally length reductionThe total length of the special stages is reduced to maximum of 360 km (was 400 kilometers).
Super-rallyAny crew which has retired may re-start from the start of the next leg. The crew will get a five minute penalty added to the fastest time of the drivers' priority group for each missed stage.
HANS use requiredAll crews in official manufacturer-entered cars will have to use the HANS (Head And Neck Support) system.
Gravel crews reinstatedOn tarmac rallies, gravel crews (called as safety crews) are again allowed. One such crew for each Priority 1 and Priority 2 competitors may make one pass of each stage.
 
Technical
Maximum widthFor World Rally Cars with overall length of 4200mm or more, maximum allowed width is increased from 1770mm to 1800mm.
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