The FIA has announced that a Working Group will be set up to 'produce a plan to develop rallying on a global level'.

The decision was made on Wednesday after the sports governing body hosted a Global Rally Forum to bring 'together the major stakeholders from across the world of rallying for the first time'.

The Forum was co-chaired by FIA president Jean Todt and FIA deputy president for Sport Graham Stoker, with participation from promoters, teams, manufacturers and drivers from the FIA World Rally Championship, the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the Dakar Rally and other cross-country rally championships.

Manufacturer representation included Citroen, Ford, Volkswagen and BMW. They were joined by talents such as Carlos Sainz, Guy Fr?quelin, Mich?le Mouton, Juha Kankkunen, Petter Solberg and Armindo Araujo.

"Together they discussed the challenges faced by the rallying community as a whole and the best way to help stakeholders achieve success in the future," confirmed the FIA.

"Following a positive exchange of views from all representatives, the participants agreed to create a Working Group to produce a plan to develop rallying on a global level.

"The group will be chaired by the FIA deputy president for Sport Graham Stoker and comprised of representatives from each category of stakeholders."

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