The rally stage will again be a popular feature of the Festival of Speed and will be topped by runs from Jari-matti Latvala in the VW Polo R WRC that he will also drive up the hill. Mike Conway, fresh from racing at Le Mans with Toyota, will drive the Toyota GT86 on the rally stage.
Hyundai team principal Michel Nandan says a return to three car ‘super teams’ with specialist drivers isn’t possible as they simply don’t exist anymore.
Nandan’s opposite number at Volkswagen, Jost Capito, has voiced his concerns over a potential FIA regulation change allowing the top two drivers from a three-car team to score points next season, in a change from the current two drivers only per team. Capito feels this will revert the series to the days when drivers like Gilles Panizzi and Harri Rovanpera were drafted in to perform on specific asphalt and gravel rallies. The rule was changed at the end of 2003 in an effort to stop teams buying the best drivers for all rallies.
Nandan said: “The time of the specialist has gone. The driver of today has changed. Before we would look to the French Championship because that series was strong on the asphalt and the Finns and Swedes were more located in their [national] championships, but now there are more drivers doing WRC2 and the Junior [WRC] and these drivers are more used to all surfaces.”
Nandan endorsed the three-driver rule, saying: “It’s a way of making sure all the manufacturers run three cars.”