WRC could have 15 events in 2019

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The World Rally Cham­pi­onship could ex­tend from 13 to 15 rounds in 2019.

The FIA is un­der­stood to be press­ing the case for the WRC Pro­moter to in­clude Cor­sica in next year’s sched­ule, hav­ing re­port­edly agreed that the French is­land event should be stood down in 2019.

The stake­hold­ers in the se­ries had signed off on a cal­en­dar in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from this year ex­cept Cor­sica, but with Chile and Ja­pan added to boost the num­ber of ral­lies to 14.

Nei­ther the pro­moter or the FIA would dis­cuss the pre­cise de­tails of the cal­en­dar, but the teams were not happy at the po­ten­tial for an­other event be­ing added.

Toy­ota’s Tommi Maki­nen said: “I think we need to re­alise that hav­ing so many ral­lies isn’t al­ways a good thing. We can have too many ral­lies, we need to build the ex­cite­ment a lit­tle bit more other­wise th­ese events will get lost.”

The rest of the man­u­fac­tur­ers had sig­nif­i­cant cost con­cerns, with one team man­ager point­ing out: “We agreed 14 ral­lies and now to bring the most ex­pen­sive Eu­ro­pean rally back would seem a very strange de­ci­sion.”

There will be an emer­gency meet­ing of the WRC Com­mis­sion in Paris on Thurs­day be­fore the World Mo­tor Sport Coun­cil meets on Fri­day. It is pos­si­ble the first half of the cal­en­dar will be re­vealed, with the sec­ond to fol­low at a later date.

Cor­sica could re­turn

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