Tavares to talk with Mat­ton on points

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In­com­ing FIA rally di­rec­tor Yves Mat­ton is in dan­ger of com­ing into im­me­di­ate con­flict with his for­mer em­ployer Citroen af­ter PSA Group boss Car­los Tavares called on the gov­ern­ing body to change the rules over driver nom­i­na­tions.

Tavares said the rule al­low­ing teams to nom­i­nate three crews with the two high­est fin­ish­ers tak­ing man­u­fac­turer points was con­tribut­ing to the boom and bust na­ture of the series.

Tavares has al­ready con­tacted the FIA in an ef­fort to con­vince them to change the regulation, and added that he would be fur­ther­ing that dis­cus­sion with Mat­ton.

He said: “You are telling peo­ple: ‘If you want to come to the cham­pi­onship, you have to bring three cars.’

“You are in­creas­ing the en­try costs for new­com­ers in the cham­pi­onship, if they want a chance of the cham­pi­onship they need three cars from day one. That’s in­fla­tion and we know bust comes af­ter in­fla­tion. If we are sin­cere about pro­tect­ing our sport, we should say: ‘No, that’s not the right way to do it – that’s cre­at­ing an en­try cost which is higher, so some­where in the long run you are pe­nal­is­ing the WRC.”

Rules al­low­ing teams to nom­i­nate three cars were re-in­tro­duced for 2016, prior to that only two cars could score. The teams are split on this mat­ter, with M-sport sim­i­larly un­der­stand­ing of the cost im­pli­ca­tions. Toy­ota and Hyundai pre­fer the three­car rule, es­pe­cially with four driv­ers for its

three i20 Coupes.

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