Shorter events could be the an­swer to con­gested cal­en­dar

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

The FIA is con­sid­er­ing run­ning shorter events to try to pack in more rounds of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

While the gov­ern­ing body and WRC Pro­moter work on next year’s sched­ule, FIA rally di­rec­tor Jarmo Ma­ho­nen has of­fered the long list of events on the side­lines fresh hope of a way onto the cal­en­dar – by cut­ting their ral­lies in half.

In ad­di­tion to pos­si­bly halv­ing the com­pet­i­tive time for some events, Ma­ho­nen has re­it­er­ated his de­ter­mi­na­tion to in­tro­duce a pol­icy of event ro­ta­tion in re­gions such as Asia, where there are now six cred­i­ble cases for events.

“We can­not host this many ral­lies in the Asia-pa­cific re­gion,” Ma­ho­nen told MN, “We have New Zealand, Ja­pan, China, Malaysia, Korea and Aus­tralia, so we need ro­ta­tion. I know it’s not pop­u­lar and it won’t be done on a year-by-year ba­sis – that can’t work – but we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing this.

“We have al­ready started in­ves­ti­gat­ing Euro­pean events in a dif­fer­ent way: in­stead of ral­lies in­clud­ing 350km [220 miles], they run 250km [150 miles] and run in one and a half days [in­stead of three]. This way you could host more ral­lies in the cham­pi­onship. We need to go a cou­ple of years and see what this puz­zle looks like be­cause still, we haven’t given up on the cham­pi­onship be­com­ing more global. For that to hap­pen it means some of the ral­lies from Europe have to dis­ap­pear.”

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