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Rule changes for 2008
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Calendar
New eventRally Jordan debuts as a new event and Turkey makes a comeback while new events for 2007 (Norway, Portugal and Ireland) are all dropped, making up a calendar of 15 events (one less than in previous year).
 
Sporting
Start orderThe reversed top-15 system for determining the running order is abandoned and is switched back to old system based on event classification (or championship classification for first leg).
Final serviceItinerary of the events shall include a ten minute final service between the final stage and the podium finish. This is meant to encourage Service Park to remain as an spectator attraction until the very finish.
Super-rally restrictedCrews are no longer allowed to re-join the rally if they retire on final day.
 
Technical
Control tyre introducedControl tyre is introduced to all 4WD rally cars (previously used only in JWRC) and tender for seasons 2008-2010 was won by Pirelli.
Mousse bannedAt the same time with introduction of the control tyre, filling tyres with anything other than air is forbidden.
Cutting of the tyresCutting the tyres, a practice to help coping with varying conditions, is limited only to tarmac rallies and only along pre-set guidelines of cutting the patterns.
Technical restictions easedThe restriction on parts will be eased for new manufacturers in their first year of entering the Championship. A new manufacturer may ask the FIA for a waiver to use two additional engines without penalty, and a change of parts, as described in the Sporting Regulations.
 
Terminology
Leg becomes DayIn FIA's own words, "To aid public understanding, the term Leg will be replaced by Day".
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