Motor Sport News - - Rally News - South Downs re­port, p27 Pho­tos: mck­lein-im­age­database.com

it was the right de­ci­sion to run this year and the or­gan­is­ers did a good job to make that hap­pen. But in the fu­ture, I’m not sure: each year we come here with a ques­tion mark about will it be pos­si­ble [to run] or not? I don’t think the con­di­tions will go in a good way in the fu­ture.”

His op­po­site num­ber at Hyundai Michel Nan­dan added: “The or­gan­is­ers had a very hard job, it was by luck the weather was in favour and we could run. If it did not go cold, it’s not pos­si­ble and we have to can­cel the event. The or­gan­is­ers did a fan­tas­tic job, but to gam­ble like this – it’s not re­ally the right way to do the rally.

“There can al­ways be a change in the weather, we un­der­stand that, but I think in the fu­ture we need to be 90 per cent sure that stages can run what­ever the weather on our win­ter rally. This has to be the min­i­mum.”

Rally win­ner Se­bastien Ogier agreed. The Volk­swa­gen driver said: “Swe­den has a big his­tory in ral­ly­ing, it’s an iconic event, but for sure we want the place where we have the best con­di­tions. Un­for­tu­nately with global warm­ing it’s get­ting more dif­fi­cult, we see this ev­ery year. I think the time has come to go north.”

WRC Pro­moter’s Oliver Ciesla, who con­cluded the three-year agree­ment with Ols­son, told MN: “We are not happy with the weather lot­tery, but we are happy with all the rest.


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