WRC will con­tinue to be open to tyre firms

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

The World Rally Cham­pi­onship will re­main free for tyre com­pe­ti­tion for the next three years.

WRC Promoter had been push­ing for a re­turn to a con­trol tyre, but FIA rally di­rec­tor Jarmo Ma­ho­nen ruled that out.

“A con­trol tyre does have cer­tain ben­e­fits,” said Ma­ho­nen, “but why would we try to fix some­thing that’s not bro­ken? We are very lucky to have four tyre man­u­fac­tur­ers in the WRC, some­thing that I see as a very good thing.”

Miche­lin an­nounced a fresh three-year com­mit­ment to the WRC last week, with mo­tor­sport di­rec­tor Pas­cal Cou­sanon say­ing: “Our loy­alty to the sport is due to the close ties that ex­ist be­tween the dis­ci­pline and ev­ery­day motoring, since the WRC fea­tures roads and tracks that are used by or­di­nary mo­torists.”

Miche­lin has com­mit­ted to a fur­ther three years in WRC

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