FIA World Motor Sport Council had changed rules about privateers competing on World Rally Championship events. Until now they had to be competing under official manufacturer team names, but with new rule they can compete under their own private team names with ’17 specification of rally cars.
Council also canceled WRC Trophy championship. Drivers could still driving on WRC events, but they got points just for overall classification.
There also won’t be mandatory events for WRC2 competitiors. There will be scored sixt best results from seven nominated events.