REID COULD HEAD DRIVERS GROUP DAVID EVANS
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Robert Reid is emerging as a strong candidate to head up the inaugural World Rally Championship drivers’ association.
The 2001 World Rally champion co-driver recently departed his role within the sport’s governing body, the FIA, and wants to help advance the views of the crews in the WRC.
There has been talk of a Grand Prix Drivers’ Association-style body for some time in the WRC – and there have been loosely formed groups in the past – but Reid sees the relationship between the drivers and the FIA as key to the sport’s future.
Along with GPDA chairman Alex Wurz, the Scot was one of the names discussed at the recent drivers’ meeting in Mexico. Wurz himself tipped Reid for the job last month.
Reid said: “We all want the same thing: a safer sport and a better relationship between the FIA and the crews. I’ve been a competitor at a high level, I know what it’s like when that mist descends and the only point of view you can see is your own. And the same from within the FIA, where I’ve spent the last three years as vice-president of the WRC Commission; it’s at these times that compromise needs to be found. I would relish the chance to have a positive impact for the future.”
While the drivers are not discussing the detail of their Mexico meeting, one driver present told MN: “Robert is definitely the kind of person we’re looking at. We need to know the best way forward and we need somebody with an insight into what the GPDA achieves and how we can take the best from that.”
when I stopped for a while and he’s just gone from strength to strength. He’s definitely the benchmark for anyone outside of a World Rally Car now, and he’s even challenging those.”
Davies won the last round of the championship – on the Sunday portion of the Mid Wales Stages – by 54.8s after just four stages, ahead of Andy Davies and Max Freeman.
“It was pretty much perfect,” said Davies. “I was a bit annoyed at myself as I had a spin early on, but apart from that it felt really good from the word go. The start to the BTRDA has gone badly though.”
Davies was OTL after the last stage of the Malcolm Wilson. A fire in the stage was put out by he and co-driver Llion Williams, and they pushed the car across the finish, although it was deemed three minutes late.