WRC » Timing issues cast doubt over Monte Carlo


A timing dispute casts doubt over the opening round of the World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo

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Joe Bloggs - Unregistered

January 10, 2012 12:51 PM

Powerful words and wonderful commitment from Mr de Banke and Stage One Technology

Hope his offer is accepted by North One and everybody can move on as it seems a sensible and proactive solution

bojan - Unregistered

January 10, 2012 1:45 PM

A generous offer but don't hold your breath - once lawyers get involved they will string everything out for as long as possible for their own benefit. Not looking so good for 2012 Monte now I'm afraid.

Who Cares - Unregistered

January 10, 2012 3:01 PM

Childish comment about lawyers Bojan: lawyers only put in place the strategy required to reach the objectives set by their clients. If time is lost in legal arguments, it is ALWAYS because clients want the dispute to last because they believe it will help them get a better deal. Lawyers do not have their own agenda, in 99% of the cases. I hope a solution will be found, like for instance using the timing facilities used in the IRC, including for the Monte in a recent past. Stage One and North One are taking the Monte as hostage in their dispute, which is a shame.

inconvenience

January 10, 2012 3:04 PM

This only further shows how much of a joke North One Sport is/was. Paying hospitalities for VIPs in Monaco, but not even paying those who actually provide the vital electronic timing equipment for the actual championship itself? Absolutely unbelievable.

Colin Clark wants us to feel sorry for them?

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

January 10, 2012 3:39 PM

This is a most disgusting situation

The F.I.A are the ones to blame here, they should of made this a burning prority when news broke about North ones Parent company going into Administration

Now we have two small companies fighting over the equiptment and holding up a Major Event with Tens of Millions of pounds tied up in Contracts, think of all the hard work Privateers have done to get the Sponsorships in place for this event

This shows me how the F.I.A either dont care about WRC or simply are not on the Ball and completely dissorganised, Jean Todt, you have a lot to answer for, this happened on your watch !

rightsholder - Unregistered

January 10, 2012 4:25 PM

"inconvenience", your head is up your backside - what do you know about North One Sport? 40+ jobs have been lost because of FIA politics and nothing more, and nothing less.

De Banke's open letter is laughable! I commend him for trying to save jobs but NOS is in administration and the timing gear is an asset to the administrators, (not lawyers), who have other creditors to pay as well as de Banke.

Maybe the FIA should have considered the ramifications of their actions before their French quango politics, bureacracy and holidays to Thailand.

It's a shame Todt is up for re-election at the end of 2014 and not sooner.

Taz

January 10, 2012 4:44 PM

@Dafydd

Surprised your even questioning if the FIA care about WRC. They care not a jot, when rallying got big in the 80s and 90s and began to take interest away from F1 the FIA made a conscious decision to make sure this wouldn't happen again. Ever wondered why WRC gets self harming regulations and rule changes?

This is part of the reason I argued on the forums in favour of Vatanan for WRC president instead of Todt, he was the one person with a bit of integrity to change things.

The FIA is like FIFA, an old boys club with its own interests at heart.

To solely blame the FIA and not North One regarding the Monte shambles isn't been fair much as it pains me to say. North one fecked up.

I strongly support the position that the WRC must go on, and holding the timing equipment hostage is childish and typical of the brinkmanship that big business often employs in situations such as this. Being from the United States, where Nascar appears to be king and WRC is not well know, I want everyone to know that there are people here who appreciate rally and support Stage One's position.

e tong - Unregistered

January 10, 2012 10:14 PM

If the Monte Carlo rally does not run as the FIA can not find time clocks then i may as well run the WRC as i can pick the phone up and get time clocks up from 4 MSA time keeper in mid wales by saturday.

Do they know how to use a time card and clock ?.

The sunshine band - Unregistered

January 10, 2012 11:00 PM

This is just business and nothing more, I'm sure the FIA have this under under control but the buck stops with them.

No one company should be able to threaten the sport and like our business the FIA should vet suppliers every 3 months including parent companies for signs of weakness and ask for management accounts and cash flow forecasts.

I feel the money and politics in F1 is tainting other forms of motorsport but it's a free world so that's how it is. I feel for north one staff as it was not the employees who sold the company it was the shareholders getting a return but they backed a donkey and cashed out.

Anyway flights, hotel booked for the mighty Monte looking forward to a break without the kids and more so getting our men out in Portugal to do battle, just need to dodge the question of TV coverage when our new sponsors start to programe the sky box to see
what WRC is all about - I have faith in the system if not I'm taking up flyfishing !

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