WRC » Al-Attiyah seeks three-car Qatar M-Sport deal


Nasser Al-Attiyah hopes to agree a deal for a three-car Qatar M-Sport entry into the 2013 WRC

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chris h - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 6:49 AM

@ John. What are you talking about? Huge investment from wealthy guys just wanting to drive the same machinery as the best drivers and the teams having huge service parks, hospitality tents etc. massive shiney lorries, loads of technology, no sideways cars, short stages, some rallies only having 2 stages per day. Surely you dont think rallying should be a about a team having a few transit vans and car transporters with drivers having to drive for nearly 5 days non stop living only on coffee and adrenelin from going from one corner to the next looking out the side window. no power steering???

Pundershaw - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 10:13 AM

Actually, there needs to be a happy medium between the old, and the new. 12-14 identikit events, with 3 stages a day repeated around a service park has ruined the WRC. Each event needs it's own identity. So a mix of 2, 3, 4 day events. Some sprint, some endurance, etc
I'd even think about returning to some weekday events - Cycling gets huge crowds midweek for their big races, so why not WRC???

Also, what the sport needs is massive financial investment, meaning teams can pick & actually pay their drivers - rather than taking on drivers with deep wallets.
Qatar M-Sport WRT seems a good fit: Al Attiyah, Ostberg??? Solberg???

John Kilbride - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 10:17 AM

@Chris
what I dont like is the wealthy guys getting the best cars while the talented drivers have to sit at home.
We have a lot of that happening over the last few years and it doesnt appear to be getting any better.
I was glad I grew up in the 70's, 80's and 90's where at least you had more talent than money out on the stages plus the rallies were proper rallies, 4 or 5 days with night stages, cars were probably a lot more affordable to allow privateers have a go plus we did not have this silly super rally rule.
I have absolutely no problem with wealthy people becoming involved in rallying as long as they are backing promising young up and coming drivers.

DafyddLarcombe

November 03, 2012 10:42 AM

Well John, that was then and this is now, its really got nothing to do with the sport changing, its just the cost of anything and everything in todays world in general

A proper Full spec Group 4 Escort like you say from the 70s is now 120k built by the right people to the right spec, its just how it is, if you are serious about Rallying at any level it is very expensive

Certainly at the WRC Level in a modern WRC car you need millions and without investment from people like Nasser we wouldnt even have a WRC at all. Its crucial in fact. I Have my fingers crossed that this deal with come off and will be a Three year deal at least, so as to allow Malcolm the time to secure the teams future with fresh investment

John Kilbride - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 11:03 AM

Ok then
By all means have shorter events etc but maybe if there was a freeze on technology to enable more privateers to compete on an equal level.
Maybe if people like Nasser invested his money in promising up and coming drivers as opposed to himself we would have a spectacular world championship.

DafyddLarcombe

November 03, 2012 11:40 AM

I totall agree with the Night stages etc, The Sport has lost its attraction over the last decade, I remember driving on the RAC and starting stages at almost midnight, those days are sadly gone now

And I also think that Rallies should have different formats too, but at the end of the day a lot of the Rules in the WRC of today are created to save money, like using the same stage again in the afternoon, The organisers get a big reduction in what they pay the Forestry commission on the 2nd pass through the stage

But its not as attractive to the spectator as there are less stages to choose from. Rallying does need to change though and I think going back to having more stages would be better for the sport, maybe they can increase the sages from 6 per day to 9 per day or something, possibly to 12 stages per day and 2 days not 3

John Kilbride - Unregistered

November 03, 2012 12:30 PM

I would not have an issue with stages being done 2 or 3 times a day, it saves on recce time for competitors and it is also handy for spectators. Personally I find it handy to go to a stage, find a few spots for the various runs, have the food between runs. I also feel that having stages all over the place can lead to traffic congestion etc, things which could give rallying bad press. But one thing should be considered when picking stages for events is to make sure that ample spectating room is available without one having to cross too much private ground.

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