WRC » FIA announces 2011 WRC calendar

The FIA reveals a 13 date calendar for the 2011 World Rally Championship season

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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

April 29, 2010 9:10 PM

Shame the Monte is missing, but good to see most of the classics back where they should be particularly Sweden, Greece, Finland and Wales, sorry, Great Britain.

Now all we need to do is rename them, i.e. Greece could become the Acropolis, Finland the 1000 Lakes, and GB the RAC Rally.

Then, we could move away from the 3 day clover leaf format and go to 4 or 5 day rally's, travelling all over the country they are taking part in.
Then, we could attract some more manufacturers, and some decent drivers. If this happened, maybe the BBC would bring back Rally Report on terestial TV every night of the event ?

Think how good the sport could be if all of these things happened....... :p

beszti - Unregistered

April 30, 2010 10:05 AM

Does anybody know who will participate in the champ next year? New cars and rules would come (S2000 based cars), there is a Fiesta, DS3 is under development, but what about the other IRC participants? There are 207, Satria Neo, Fabia, Polo, Corolla, and so on. Hope FIA does not ruin IRC as they did in WRC

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

April 30, 2010 1:01 PM

For Sam :

Sadly Sam although your enthusiasm for returning to clover leaf format and 5 day events is shared by many of us, its cost that will attract the teams back in.

The Reality is that 5 day events will scare them away even more - due to higher expense. When you talking £300 per mile
Maintenance for a Modern WRC team car you dont want the mileage doubled.

Then you have all the staff for 5 days etc etc. I think that making Rallies more exciting with Night stages for example is something we can do more of. This wont cost much more than day light stages but makes it more attractive to watch.

We have to somehow keep costs down and excitement up to get this wheel spinning again.

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

May 01, 2010 9:24 AM

Bring back Rally Report on BBC 2 every night, with William Woollard presenting it, with that mad hairdo of his.

This is what the sport needs to make it great again.

I think I'll e-mail Jean Todt and get him on the case.

If Willie Woollard comes back, so will Audi, Lancia, Peugeot amd Austin Rover.

Why didn't I think of it before ?

The answer to all of the WRC's problems :p :p :p

Berg Jorgmeister - Unregistered

May 01, 2010 11:07 AM

It's all well and good announcing the WRC calendar, but if like this year, there are as many as 8 clashes with F1, then all they're doing is writing it's death sentence.
Avoid clashes with F1 - it's so simple yet it keeps happening. Apart from Finland, most media of Europe gives WRC very little coverage, so won't give it any if there is a clash with the 'god that is F1'.
On other news, it appears that Jean Todt is giving the WRC Commisioner job to Michele Mouton - and it appears she wants to move away from the 'sprint type' events, and bring back the endurance element. While she's at it - ban all the expensive stuff on the cars, ie electronics.

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

May 01, 2010 2:09 PM

@ Berg Jorgmeister

Firstly, a very good point about date clashes with F1 races. It is ridiculous, and as you say, so simple to address.

Secondly, I also read that Michele Mouton wants to move away from the sprint type events, and bring back the endurance element of rallying. This can only be a good thing, as this is what rallying was originally, and should, be about.

I hate the repetive format of these 'clover leaf' events, using the sames stages twice a day, every day.

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