Run­ning or­der de­ci­sion to come in Septem­ber

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The run­ning or­der reg­u­la­tion for next sea­son is ex­pected to be rat­i­fied in Septem­ber.

The World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil meets in Turin on June 24, be­fore an agree­ment will have been found on who should run first in next year’s World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

WRC man­ager Jarmo Ma­ho­nen met with the teams and driv­ers in Sar­dinia last week and will do the same again in Poland next month, by which time he ex­pects a clearer idea of what the new rule will be.

“I’m talk­ing to Se­bastien, I’m talk­ing to ev­ery­body about this, we’re eval­u­at­ing every­thing,” Ma­ho­nen told MN. “I have told the teams I want to nail this reg­u­la­tion in Au­gust, in time for World Coun­cil [in Septem­ber].”

Ma­ho­nen wouldn’t be drawn on cur­rent think­ing, em­pha­sis­ing that all al­ter­na­tives re­mained pos­si­ble.

In­sid­ers have, how­ever, hinted at a re­turn to cham­pi­onship leader first on the road for day one, then re­verse clas­si­fi­ca­tion for the rest of the week­end – but a re­turn to qual­i­fy­ing also re­mains pos­si­ble.

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