The prestigious FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and World Rally Championship (WRC) consist of the most elite drivers and manufacturers in the world today. New motorsports fans may find the FIA point system confusing and this would have deterred them from following the races throughout the seasons. Hence, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing aims to provide basic knowledge to everyone who wants to know more about the WEC and WRC season-long formats.
World Endurance Championship
After 5 seasons of competition, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has since become one of the world’s most entertaining motorsports event. The WEC is divided into 9 endurance races happening in 9 different countries around the world, featuring the world-famous 24hrs of Le Mans, which is the cornerstone of the championship.
Divided into the Drivers and Manufacturers Championships, a point system is implemented to track teams and drivers progress throughout the season. Drivers in the manufacturers’ category, LMP1, LMP1-Hybrid and LMGTE, have to categorically drive a minimum of 40 minutes but not more than 4 hours and 30 minutes in total to be eligible to receive points.
The top ten positions are awarded 25 to 1 points respectively, and anyone finishing in the 11th place onwards is awarded 0.5 points. Points earned at the 24hrs of Le Mans are doubled.
World Rally Championship
The prestigious World Rally Championship (WRC) is widely regarded as the toughest motorsport championship series in the world. Pitting drivers and production-based cars against each other across the toughest of conditions in different countries around the world, the WRC is a motorsport adventure that pushes both man and machine to their limits.
Each rally features a fixed number of timed sections also known as stages that are typically conducted on closed roads. Drivers take on the rally routes one at a time to complete stages as quickly as possible, with participants racing against the clock to and from each stage on public roads while having to adhere to normal traffic regulations. The team that completes all stages in the shortest time wins that rally, with the top ten finishers receiving 25 to 1 points respectively, with points being awarded to registered teams in the same format.
The WRC covers all sorts of terrains, challenging the drivers through asphalt, gravel, snow and mud; the road surfaces and weather conditions test the grit of every team and their drivers throughout the season.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has been a proud participant in the WEC over the years, constantly improving and testing different technologies through racing and applying the best of it to on-road production cars such as the hybrid technology that is used in the Prius production model.
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team has also made a return in 2017 after an 18 year hiatus and has since managed multiple podium finishes with the Yaris WRC as they look to regain dominance in the WRC. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s continued participation in both the WEC and WRC helps push production cars and technologies to the limits, thus making it easier to improve on-road production models that benefit everybody.