As exit nears, Capito calls for WRC change

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As Jost Capito’s exit from Volk­swa­gen Mo­tor­sport nears, he urged the World Rally Cham­pi­onship to re­con­sider his planned rad­i­cal change to the sport.

Capito said his con­cept of di­vid­ing the time gaps by 10 for the fi­nal day to pro­vide closer com­pe­ti­tion re­mained key to the se­ries’ fu­ture growth.

He said: “I am still con­vinced di­vid­ing the fi­nal day gaps by 10 is still the best de­ci­sion. For me, I strongly be­lieve this is the thing to put WRC on the level of For­mula 1 in the pub­lic eye.”

Af­ter get­ting the green light from WRC Com­mis­sion in Septem­ber 2014, the plan was fi­nally re­jected by World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil.

Capito con­tin­ued: “If we did this plan, the peo­ple would get in­ter­ested be­cause of this re­ally ex­cit­ing hour of ral­ly­ing on Sun­day and then they would be­come real rally fans in­ter­ested in Fri­day and Satur­day as well. They would be­come pure fans and the whole thing would move for­ward. With more in­ter­est from spon­sors, man­u­fac­tur­ers, ev­ery­body.

“There’s noth­ing wrong with this idea, it’s not like re­verse grids or any­thing like that. This is not a rev­o­lu­tion. If Seb [Ogier] is run­ning first on Fri­day and Satur­day, he would still have the chance to win on Sun­day be­cause the gap is never that big that he can’t get it done on Sun­day. This would be more sport­ing – what they have done to the run­ning or­der [mak­ing the cham­pi­onship leader run first on the road] is more un­sport­ing than this idea.”

WRC man­ager Jarmo Ma­ho­nen – orig­i­nally con­vinced by the idea – is more scep­ti­cal now.

“For me this is a lit­tle bit too far away from the sport,” he said. “For me we have to keep the fun­da­men­tal el­e­ments of ral­ly­ing. This is my per­sonal point of view: if you are driv­ing in the forests and do­ing your best for three days, then you de­cide ev­ery­thing on the last stage. I’m not sure.

“I un­der­stand ev­ery­thing from the po­ten­tial ex­po­sure point of view, but aren’t we walk­ing away from the DNA of rally? We are go­ing to have five man­u­fac­tur­ers in WRC and I’d be very care­ful to de­cide some­thing that goes so far from the DNA.”

Capito is off to Mclaren

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