Q&A: Russell Brookes - EXCLUSIVE.

It is still open, although assuming everybody finishes each event without too much trouble eight points can seem a long way. But you don't run through every event without a problem and it just depends on the way the dice falls. I think he is in there with an equal chance of winning the title.

The WRC and BRC has evolved over the years - what do you think of the sport at the moment?

I think it use to be better than it is now, but then I am an old guy and I would say that. But I have to take my hat off to some of these modern drivers. In my day when we did the World Rally Championship we use to get almost unlimited periods of practice. I remember going to Corsica and we spent six weeks practising for the event. Nowadays they are allowed over the special stages just three times at slow speeds - once to make the notes and twice to check them - and then boy do they go flat out on those pace notes. They are really skilled at it.

How would you like to see the sport develop in the future?

I'd like to see it become a bit more adventurous. The rallies could do with being a bit longer than they are now and I think there is an over emphasise on these single service points to the detriment of the sport. Also I'd like to see more night stages included. I believe people miss those and spectators miss the excitement of them. If you had a bit more variety and added a bit more endurance into the events they would be very, very good indeed.

What do you think of this idea of rotating events?

I don't know. But it must be very hard for the organisers because having wound your organising team up for one event it is then very difficult to stand them down for a whole year and then wind them up again in two years time. Likewise I think sponsors want more continuity than that provides. But I am not close enough to that end of the sport to be able to really pronounce on it.

This year's Wales Rally GB is going to include some of the older stages in a new look line-up for day 1 on the Friday. Is that a positive thing?

It is very good and I think it is going in the direction I was talking about earlier. I think a little bit more of that, a little bit more adventure and a few more night stages will be good fun. Night stages add an entirely different aspect to the sport. It is a different challenge for the drivers' - and the one thing rally drivers' should be able to do is cope with having anything and everything thrown at them unlike grand prix drivers.

Do you follow Formula 1?

I do and I am willing Lewis Hamilton on. But he does seem to get the bad luck and he seems to catch the stewards having got out of the wrong side of the bed in the morning!


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