Todt says that the pow­er­ful cars are the real stars in the World Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship

Motor Sport News - - Todt On Rallycross -

Prior to the Ital­ian round of the World RX last Oc­to­ber, Todt last vis­ited an FIA Ral­ly­cross event at Luneville, France in 1989 for a Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship round.

At that stage, he was head of Peu­geot Sport. Pre­sented with a pho­to­graph by MN of him­self with Jean-pierre Ni­co­las and mul­ti­ple Euro­pean cham­pion Matti Ala­maki, Todt re­called the Group B era, and thinks that part of the strength of ral­ly­cross is that it isn’t so far re­moved from that pe­riod in the present day.

“The colour of my hair has changed a lot,” he joked, ex­am­in­ing the pho­to­graph. “They [Group B] were fas­ci­nat­ing cars. I was in Fin­land re­cently, I met Hannu Mikkola, Timo Salo­nen, Tommi Maki­nen, Ari Vata­nen and we spoke about Group B cars, which were ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing. They have writ­ten part of the his­tory of ral­ly­ing.

“Times have changed but if you com­pare the cur­rent cars to Group B, there prob­a­bly aren’t so many evo­lu­tions [in ral­ly­cross] com­pared to other cat­e­gories. If you see a rally car now com­pared to Group B, or a sportscar com­pared to how it was, or F1, WRX is a cat­e­gory that has not changed much. What you need is a wild car and as lit­tle driver aids as pos­si­ble.”

Todt (left) with Matti Ala­maki

Iconic ma­chines

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