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