Two classes only: AWD and 2WD
Not that there is any relationship to the above speculation, Doug, but I was wondering why it was that SRTUSA is seemingly unable to come up with a replacement open class car for KB for the last couple of events this year. Yeah, running the SP car is a convenient fallback position but you would think that with the time that has elapsed an open car could have been ready if SRTUSA wanted one to be. My thought was that maybe SRTUSA didn't want to invest in another car because maybe they were (a) cutting back to one team; or (b) getting out of US rallying. Now I wonder if a third possiblity could be (c) maybe KB is leaving them.
DISCLAIMER: Purely speculation with no facts to back it up.
Kent Gardam - KD8MRR
this is rally, and it's not supposed to be easy....Eric Burmeister, 2009
In my opinion, rallying could stand a bit less posturing and circus and a bit more backbone....Phil Barnes, aging co-driver
Or perhaps, with the championship decided, it wasn't worth building a new car for 3 rallies. I'm sure there will be new car(s) for 2010, just as there have been new cars in each preceding year. That said, an expansion in the number of teams cannot be a bad thing. More good drivers, more good cars - growing the sport.
FWIW, Autosport says it's real. They claim Block is close to a deal to join the World Rally Championship. with a new Ford team of his own. Chris Atkinson would be his team-mate. It would called the Monster Energy Drink World Rally Team--supposedly a three-year deal.
If it happens, they would run part of the series--maybe half--in 2009-spec WRC Ford Focus ; the year after, the whole series. Who knows? ...maybe more news this weekend at LSPR?
Blew up the clutch at PFR, back at it for Big White!
All other speculation aside, Ford and Citroen are the only thing going in the WRC, so if he wanted to go, he really wouldn't have much choice!