FIA set to pub­lish cal­en­dar and tweak run­ning or­der reg­u­la­tion

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - North­ern Ir­ish­man’s plans, p16

This week’s World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil meet­ing will rat­ify a re­peat of this year’s WRC cal­en­dar and re­vised run­ning or­der reg­u­la­tions.

FIA rally di­rec­tor Jarmo Ma­ho­nen has ad­mit­ted he called the rules wrong this sea­son and has rec­ti­fied the sit­u­a­tion by con­firm­ing a re­turn to the reg­u­la­tion last used in 2014, stip­u­lat­ing cham­pi­onship or­der on day one with the lead po­si­tions re­versed for days two and three.

Ma­ho­nen said: “I talked to the driv­ers and they are in favour of this change. It wasn’t a tough de­ci­sion. I was the ar­chi­tect of this rule change and I think this year went too far. Six win­ners in six ral­lies this year was a great spec­ta­cle, but from the sport­ing per­spec­tive this rule was not so good.”

On the cal­en­dar front, Ma­ho­nen con­firmed the ab­sence of Tur­key and China, say­ing: “China wants to come back in 2018, but for Tur­key, we eval­u­ated the sit­u­a­tion and we don’t want to bet on some­thing – no­body knows what the sit­u­a­tion will be in one year.”

The 13 2017 rounds will be an ex­act mir­ror of those in­cluded this sea­son.

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