German rally championship
The history of the German Rally Championship goes back to the 1950s, when the rallies were different from the current ones. Back then these rallies were more about reliability and orientation drives. The Rallye Hessen and the Olympia-Rallye in 1972 are considered the first rallies of the kind that were later typical of the process and are for the German Rally Championship. After the German Rally Championship was suspended in 2006, it has been advertised again since 2007.
The German Rally Championship is exclusively for FIA vehicle groups, which in 2011 are divided into the following divisions:
|Division 1||Division 2||Division 3||Division 4||Division 5||Division 6|
|great||Super 2000||Super 1600|
|Group R||NR4, R4, R5||R2C, R3C, R3T||R2B||R1A, R1B||R3D|
|Group A||over 2,000 cm³||up to 2,000 cm³||up to 1,600 cm³||up to 1,400 cm³|
|without all-wheel drive|
|Groups||with all-wheel drive||over 2,000 cm³||up to 2,000 cm³||up to 1,600 cm³||Diesel up to 2,000 cm³|
|without all-wheel drive|
The maximum engine power of vehicles in groups GT2 and GT3 is limited to 300 kW, and vehicles in the other groups are limited to 221 kW. All-wheel drive and turbo engines are prohibited in Division 5. Diesel vehicles are all assigned to Division 6.
The participation of vehicles of the DMSB groups F , G , H and AT-G was already possible before 2010, but they did not receive any points. Since 2010 there have also been division ratings for these classes for which they are entitled to points. No registration in the DRM is necessary.
World Rally Cars have not been allowed to participate in the events of the German Rally Championship since 2009.
Awarding of points and evaluation
Championship points are awarded to drivers registered in the German Rally Championship in divisions 1 to 6 for their placement in the overall result as well as for placement in their division. Participants in divisions 7 to 9 do not receive any points for the championship, but only for their respective division classification. If a driver from divisions 7 to 9 reaches the points in the overall result, the drivers from divisions 1 to 6 placed behind them move up in the point allocation.
Drivers who are not registered in the championship will not receive any championship points. If they compete with a vehicle from divisions 1 to 6, however, the drivers placed below do not move up in the point allocation. If fewer than three drivers including guest starters start in a division, only half the number of points will be awarded for placements in the respective division.
Since 2011, points have been awarded according to the following scheme:
If there are more than six races per year, the worst result of each driver will be deleted from the year-end ranking. In the event of a tie between several drivers, the better individual results decide on the placement in the championship.
The German rally champion will be the driver who has achieved the highest number of points at the end of the season. The driver who has achieved the highest number of points with a vehicle with two-wheel drive from divisions 3 to 6 becomes DRM winner 2-WD . In addition, those drivers who have achieved the highest score in their respective division, will be winner of the DRM-X Division .