Technical Regulations 

Many regulations and rules in Belgium are the same as the British rules and those are not covered here, however, below are some pointers to help you reach the start line of your first rally without too much stress….

Don't forget - your car MUST have a valid MSA logbook and MOT certificate and comply with Blue Book rules....

Rally Licence: You do not need an international licence, an MSA Rally National A will suffice. For co-drivers, an MSA National Co-Driver licence is ok.

Paperwork: You will need to produce at scrutiny a photocopy of your MOT certificate, registration document and insurance certificate. The scrutineers will keep these. At documentation your DVLA driving licence must also be produced this is for both driver and co-driver as well as the MSA licences.

Safety Equipment (car): This is similar now to UK regs. Seatbelts in date but seats may be end of date PLUS 5 years (VAS / ASAF rallies ONLY - NOT RACB). Minimum 1x4kg afff or FIA equivalent plumbed in fire extinguisher with BOLTED straps (not over centre clips) and "Anti - Torpedo Tabs" and handheld. Picture of extinguisher fixings below. Roll cage must be MSA / FIA spec and preferably have a manufacturer’s certificate. Roll cage padding must be the hard FIA spec. Harness mounting bars should be as per FIA i.e. horizontally behind harness slots. You will also need to carry two easily accessible Belt Cutters / Life Hammers.

Safety Equipment (crew): Full FIA race suits should be worn to FIA 8856-2000 spec minimum. 1986 spec overalls are NOT acceptable. You must also wear FIA gloves, Boots, Underwear and Balaclava. Co-Drivers are exempt from wearing gloves. Frontal Head Restraints are mandatory. Helmets must comply with FIA technical list 25. 

REMEMBER - Taking your helmet off if you stop in a stage for an off or mechanical will result in EXCLUSION!

(Thanks Theresa..........)

Safety Equipment (service): Although most refuelling is done at the designated filling stations on route, New for 2016 was the requirement for the service van to have a 6kg powder fire extinguisher which is tested and in date. The extinguisher must be labelled for type A,B and C fires. These will be checked by the Fire Brigade during service or at scrutineering. If you don’t have one you may be asked to leave! 1 extinguisher PER COMPETING CAR. You must also always use a groundsheet as in the UK.

Car regulations: Since the MSA introduced lifed seats and belts and now the compulsory use of HANS devices, the regulations for UK events have become much closer to Belgian events. Engine wise, it used to be the rule that your engine must be from the same family as the car i.e. a Ford engine in a Ford etc. Since 2016 this rule has been relaxed a little by VAS but ONLY on FIRC championship events. If you intend to run a car like this it is still best to contact the championship manager directly before entering your first rally. Silencing is not strictly controlled but you must have at least one exhaust box (plus a catalyst if homologated or originally fitted to that model of car). No plastic fuel level sight tubes are allowed, even if wholly contained in the boot. An excellent example of a solution to this is shown here, here and here using 2 pieces of aluminium angle and a piece of U section. Thanks to Mike "para144" for the pics.

NEW FOR 2018 Driver and codrivers names (driver on top) should be BLACK, 40mm high on both front wings in Helvetica font. Also on rear side windows, 50 mm high in Helvetica font. Rear screen must remain clear and free of any stickers / advertising etc. Only event supplied strip is allowed. NO RALLY PLATES ETC....

Tyres: On VAS events, tyres are free in division 1,2,3  but for ASAF events, road tyres must be used. To save any problems with your moulded slicks, enter division 4 for all ASAF events.

Spotlights  If using LED lightbars, these should be E4 marked and must be two piece and not in one long unit. i.e. two units across the car. Maximum 8 lights.

Classes: Division 2 - Group N and R1 cars with homologation papers. Division 3 - Group A /M /WRC /R2 /R3 /R4 /R5 /GT /S1600 /S2000 /Kit Cars. Division 4 - Historic cars groups 1 - 4.        Division 5 - Young historic cars with Homologation papers.

Minimum Weights:

div. 2 homologated weight or the same as div.3
div. 3 homologated weight or 0cc to 1400cc   900kg
                                               1401cc  to 1600cc 980kg
                                               1601cc to 2000cc 1060kg
                                               2001cc to 2500cc 1100kg
                                               2501cc to 3000cc 1150kg
                                    above 3000cc - 1230kg
div. 4 and div. 5 as per the homologation papers.
Turbos: These should carry restrictors as defined in the photo below.

Our Walloon Motorsport Association ASAF recently held its annual meeting to prepare the 2017 season. One of the updates on their regs are about UK cars, since Salamandre and Chevrotines joined both FIRC and Classic Rally Challenge, also Tournai is part of CRC. ASAF decided to make things very easy: all cars with valid MoT, road insurance and an MSA passport are eligible to start in their events. All cars? Really?

We doublechecked and yes,... we got confirmation that also tubular framed cars can take part in ASAF rallies, so the road is wide open for DARRIAN cars and similar! There are some restrictions on engine size but we do not think there are V8's around. If you have questions about your car, send a mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., next week we will do an update when necessary.

Since we like action, we are happy to introduce a cup for these lovely machines, organised over the three events mentioned above. Points system will be equal to FIRC, best two results count and there is of course a free start to win + some prize money. This is the 'Darrian Calendar':

22/23 April: Rallye Salamandre

5/6 August: Les Boucles Chevrotines

7/8 October: Rallye de Tournai

With this fantastic news, added to Ypres Rally joining BRC, the list of newcomers to FIRC, plus the new CRC and WRC 2.0 Challenges, no one doubts that British rallying in Belgium will be absolutely massive this year. Join the family!


You may find this web page useful VAS Regulations