The World Rally Championship looks set to get a boost, according to Rally New Zealand chairman, Morrie Chandler, who has predicted that the leading manufacturers could enter 'junior' teams.

Speaking to Ananova, Chandler said that with Peugeot having already announced plans to enter a car for upcoming drivers Nicolas Vouilloz, Daniel Carlsson and Miguel Campos, other manufacturers could yet follow suit.

Next year new regulations mean that only two-cars entered per manufacturer will be eligible to score points, something that has severely damaged the WRC scene, leading to the exit of 'third drivers', one of the most noticeable victims, 1995 WRC champion, Colin McRae.

With the calendar having now expanded to 16 rounds - instead of 14 - it was feared that youngsters would struggle to break into the top flight, especially as the extra rounds have added an extra burden, one Skoda felt was too much, hence their exit from full-time participation.

Chandler though thinks that, it is not all bad, and that new talent will still get a chance in factory-spec cars.

He told Ananova: "Each world rally championship works team is limited to two cars for 2004, although it's possible that we may see teams like Peugeot and Citroen enter two teams, primarily for up-and-coming drivers.

"And in the case of Mitsubishi, the two drivers who miss out on the WRC cars, will likely drive Group N cars."

 

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