WRC Pro­moter set for cru­cial run­ning or­der meet­ing with the man­u­fac­tur­ers

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A res­o­lu­tion on the run­ning or­der reg­u­la­tion will be a step closer next week when the WRC Pro­moter meets with the man­u­fac­tur­ers to dis­cuss a so­lu­tion.

Cham­pi­onship leader Se­bastien Ogier ad­mit­ted last week’s Rally Poland was the worst yet for run­ning first on the road – the French­man missed out on a podium re­sult for the first time this year. He fin­ished sixth af­ter two days sweep­ing the hot, dry gravel clear.

WRC man­ager Jarmo Ma­ho­nen has talked in the past about po­ten­tially run­ning the cham­pi­onship leader first on the road for three days – but ap­pears to be step­ping back from such a stance.

Ex­pe­ri­enced na­tional com­peti­tor and Welsh­man Pa­trick Walsh talks MN through the Epynt Ranges.

“The roads are wider nowa­days and the Tar­mac is bet­ter than in years gone by. Lo­cals get to know it pretty well and some of them don’t need much notes-wise.

“The guys in the BRC at the top end who’ve done proper rec­ces should be OK. The se­cret is all in re­ally good notes.

“There’s no real run-off, if you go off, you’re in a ditch or down a bank. It’s dif­fi­cult to tell, with nor­mal stages you have fur­ni­ture like trees, houses for ex­am­ple. But with Epynt there’s noth­ing.

“The lack of fur­ni­ture on the stages means there’s noth­ing to po­si­tion your­self from. In some of our notes we’ve got road signs as a marker. In the past some of the road signs have gone missing, ei­ther be­cause some­one has hit them or some­one is be­ing mis­chievous, so that can make it in­ter­est­ing!

“A lot of it looks sim­i­lar, which is also dif­fi­cult as some crests are flat and some aren’t, even though they look sim­i­lar. That can cause a few ob­vi­ous prob­lems.

“The other thing is, there are places where water gathers in streams if it’s wet and that can catch peo­ple out.

“The top boys will think ‘it’s just a piece of road’. The key is in the notes but it can be tricky in places.”

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