There are three different modes in DiRT Rally, which are Rally, Rallycross and Hillclimb.
Point-to-point races on stages ranges from 5km to 10km, the driver who set the fastest time wins. Each driver has a certain time limit to finish a stage (15 minutes for a sprint stage and 30 minutes for a long stage). Unlike DiRT 3, it doesn't feature staggered starts. Repairs between the stages have also returned.
Circuit racing on tight, mixed surface tracks. Top 12 drivers with the best score from 4 qualifying heats will proceed to 2 semi-final races, and the top three from both semi-finals will proceed to the final. Every driver must take the Joker Lap (an alternate route which adds about 2 seconds of lap time) once every race, failure to comply will lead to time penalty.
Each driver has 2 attempt to set the best time on Pikes Peak stages, the driver with the fastest time after 2 runs wins.