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Jean Todt vows to improve the World Rally Championship during his presidency with the FIA

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DEclassRegal - Unregistered

February 03, 2010 4:10 PM

The first order of business in this Mickey Mouse series should be to increase the machines power by at least 250whp. Secondly, enough with the utterly pathetic 170-180 competitive miles over three days!! A nascar driver could handle that!! How could that possibly be a test of man and machine? There needs to be an absolute minimum of 1100 competitive miles over three days. Third, eliminate the pusillanimous standards for stage selection whereby the stages are chosen by virtue of their layout which serves to keep the average speed around 60mph (Finland is the only exception to that rule). The average speed needs to be close to double what it is now.

seewothappens - Unregistered

February 03, 2010 7:06 PM

I was against JT becoming head of the FIA but when he did I thought he would reignite the wrc.
I get a funny feeling the gt championship will get a makeover as well when it comes to these championships I think we should give him a change.

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

February 03, 2010 9:08 PM

Firstly, I was no big fan of Jean Todt during his time at Ferrari, and did'nt particularly want him to become FIA President.

However, it's difficult to deny that he is not well qualified. As a Team Principal he has won all the major FIA championships including the World Rally Championship, Dakar, the World Sportscar Championship - all with Peugeot, and the F1 World Championship with Ferrari. Thus, it's difficult to deny that he isn't well qualified for the job.

As a rally man, former co-driver at the highest level, and WRC team boss, I believe the World Rally Championship will be close to his heart.

It must sadden him (like is does me) to see the state the championship is (cont.)

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

February 03, 2010 9:16 PM


He told the new (Max Mosley) appointed promoter, North One to hold fire with their plans while he considered his position.

Hopefully, he will consider what made the sport of rallying so popular in the past - the spirit of adventure, endurance, top events with unique formats and characters.

We need more manufacturers, more stars, less pay drivers.

One look at this years calendar tells you all that is wrong with the WRC.

I'm prepared to give him a chance to see what he can do.

One things for sure, love him or hate him, if you look at his track record, he always does a good job for whichever entity he represents - think Peugeot and Ferrari.

Let's hope so !

And - Unregistered

February 04, 2010 11:47 AM

Although group B cars were great pieces of machinery and very entertaining, they will never return because they are too dangerous. They killed and injured spectators in the 80s.

DEclassRegal - Unregistered

February 04, 2010 12:57 PM

@And:"They killed and injured spectators.....".

The cars? LOL!! How could the cars kill spectators? What you meant to say was that the spectators were killed becuase the FIA/FISA steadfastly refused to entertain the safety concerns that the drivers had been raising for over seven years in regards to where the spectators were allowed to stand during the contest. Hannu Mikola, Hernri Toivenen, Coleman, Blomqvist Rohrl et.al. had been adamant that civilian fatalities were a certainty unless the FIA strictly enforced a set of demarcation lines that would not allow the civilians to situate themselves at the outside of a corner. The cars are not to blame for the deaths.

Romaind Umas - Unregistered

February 04, 2010 1:04 PM

It always slightly amuses me when people call for a return of Gp B. The current WRCars are faster over a stage than the 'Gp B Monsters'. Also, the Gp B cars were expensive as well as unsafe. The main reason the WRC is in trouble is that the cars are too expensive to build and develop - meaning new Manufacturers just aren't interested, especially in light of meagre media coverage.
Ideally, the new regs would mean cheap cars, easy to develop, and lots of Privateers.

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