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  Home > Seasons > Season 2009 > Rule changes
Rule changes for 2009
CalendarCalendar is truncated to 12 events (down from 15 events). This is accomplished by rotating Monte Carlo, Sweden, Mexico, Jordan, Turkey, Deutschland, New Zealand, Corsica and Japan out and bringing Ireland, Norway, Cyprus and Portugal back but also new events in Poland and Australia.
Mixed surfacesFIA re-allows use of mixed surfaces in rallies, banned since 1996. This allowance is permitted on condition that a surface will be used on two consecutive days (ie. middle day must have same surface as either the first or the last day).
Rally length increaseThe total length of the special stages is increased to maximum of 400 km (was 360 kilometers).
Full points alwaysFIA gives up the rule 21.3 (in 2008 regulations) which said that only half championship points were awarded if only between 25 and 50 percent of the rally length was run and no points at all if fewer than 25% of the rally length was run. Repealing this rule mean that full points is always awarded regardless of how much of the rally is run.
Number of mechanicsThe maximum number of mechanics per team permitted to work on the cars in the main service park is now eight (formerly 12). In the remote service zones, four mechanics are permitted to work on each car.
World ranking for driversA world ranking for rally drivers will be trialled. Established weekly by the FIA, it will be based on the results achieved in all FIA Rally Championship events and FIA authorised Trophies, Challenges and Cups.