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Mills calls for stability.

The World Rally Championship just needs a long period of stability in order to flourish and attract new manufacturers', that's the view of Petter Solberg's co-driver Phil Mills.

The future regulations for the WRC have still to be finalised and with no central promoter appointed and the controversial rotation system coming in next year, which will mean events take place once every two years, a number of the manufacturers' are said to be frustrated.

Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio recently when asked if the FIA needs to do better, Mills noted that the sport definitely needs plans put in place for the long term.

"Instability in any sport breeds all sorts of contempt. That is where Formula 1 has been so good," he explained. "I don't like using F1 as a comparison. But they have had consistency in the rules and long term plans. They knew where everyone was going quite a few years ahead.

"It seems to be with rallying that rules change - and change often. We had that period a few years ago when there was a new rule every rally. We didn't know whether we were coming or going.

"But they need to just nail the rules down now for the new cars. That needs setting in stone.

"The events need setting too. We need to know where we are going in three or four years' time. We just need some stability and as soon as we have got that all the other manufacturers' will start looking at it. It is as simple as that.

"We have heard all the rumours that everybody has got Super 2000 cars whether it is Volkswagen, Renault, Peugeot or MG. If you think of everybody that has got a car, they could actually come into the championship. But nobody is going to come in while there is instability.

"We just need to know how many events we are doing and in which year we are doing them. It is so easy to plan ahead then. How can you plan ahead though when you don't even know how many runs you are going to do in two years time?

"If it jumped from twelve events back to 15 or 16 events, all of a sudden you have to find 'x' million extra. It just doesn't happen anymore, especially in the world climate we have at the moment with everything on a downward spiral.



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