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Rally Working Group established

Official: Global Rally Forum leads to creation of Working Group.
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 Fréquelin, Michèle 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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ipg66

December 11, 2009 8:41 AM

Lots of good intention... but, with this no. of people involved it'll take ages to reach a conclusion/decision on anything! What the WRC needs (& in turn all regional/national championships) is gradual evolution from where we are today, not radical change - manufacturers/competitors need stability so they can be confident to invest in the sport. Key areas to address are... 1. SuperRally - it's confusing to spectators & contradicts the spirit of rallying 2. Cost - the cars need to incorporate simple, straightforward technology that encourages driver skills 3. Events - cover a wider geography & get rid of daytime only formats 4. TV coverage - include more than just the top-5.



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