WRC could switch to control tyre

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The World Rally Cham­pi­onship could re­turn to a control tyre se­ries for the first time since 2010 next year.

WRC Pro­moter has been dis­cussing the plan with tyre firms in and out of the sport and a de­ci­sion will be taken in the com­ing weeks.

Pro­moter Oliver Ciesla said: “This is some­thing we have been think­ing about for sev­eral months now. We can see pros and cons for it, but a de­ci­sion is on the agenda and we will make a de­ci­sion soon – most likely in a month.”

Miche­lin and DMACK are firmly against the po­ten­tial for a control tyre, while Pirelli – the last sin­gle tyre sup­plier – is sit­ting on the fence.

Volk­swa­gen’s Jost Capito is adamant the sport doesn’t need a sin­gle tyre. He told MN: “I think it would be com­pletely wrong. We have Pirelli, Miche­lin and DMACK in at the mo­ment and we have good com­pe­ti­tion from those guys. Some are bet­ter in this rally some are bet­ter in an­other rally – it gives us a va­ri­ety on the re­sults.”

M-sport client li­ai­son man­ager Rich Mil­lener said he could see both sides of the ar­gu­ment: “The drama of to­day wouldn’t be there with­out tyre com­pe­ti­tion.

“Per­son­ally, af­ter a rally like Poland, I’d like it to stay open.”

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