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Cyprus · 25/06/2003 14:29:34

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has made a series of cost-cutting recommendations for the World Rally Championship, including a move to running rallies over four days, that could lead to major changes in the way the series is run.

Following its meeting in Paris today (Wednesday), the Council referred a series of ideas regarding cost-cutting rules changes to the WRC for 2004 to the World Rally Championship Commission for consideration.

The most dramatic of the recommendations is the adoption of the "Mille Pistes" concept, which would see the pre-rally reconnaissance integrated with the actual event. The crews would recce the stages in their rally cars on the afternoon before they were run.

This would increase the length of each rally to four days, although the loss of an individual recce would actually eliminate three days from the current event schedule.

Over the course of the year, this would save a total of 42 competition days. The World Motor Sport Council believes that this saving, when combined with its cost-cutting recommendations, would enable the WRC calendar to be increased from 14 to 16 events.

The Council has also recommended that manufacturers are only allowed to test in one country of their choosing, that the concept of flexi-servicing is extended so that team's can only service one of their cars at a time, and that base-to-car and car-to-base telemetry is banned.

The Council has also suggested further cost-cutting measures for following years. For 2005 onwards, the Council has suggested that control tyres and standard sealed components could be introduced. For 2006, the Council wants to consider the use of normally aspirated engines instead of the current turbo-charged units.


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Sorry, somehow I missed the World forum, and didn?t see the already existing discussion topic about this subject. Please delete this thread.

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