Africa could re-join the FIA World Rally Championship, after Topcar Sports Management [TSM], was awarded the right to try and secure South Africa a slot on the schedule in 2006.

According to reports on www.motoring.co.za, MSA chairman, Roger Pearce, and TSM executives recently attended a meeting with the ISC, the holder of the commercial rights to the series. The meeting concluded that there was a 'strong desire' for the WRC to return to Africa, after the Safari Rally was dropped from the calendar in 2003.

"It is very exciting that TSM, a local concern with excellent credentials, has the intention of bringing the WRC to South Africa," Beaulah Schoeman, managing director of Motorsport SA told motoring.co.za.

"The recent success of the SA Motocross GP showed SA's ability to run world-class international motorsport events.

"There is no doubt that any obstacles of an observed event can easily be overcome and that SA will host a round of the WRC in the near future."

TSM's managing director, Ian Shrosbree, added, in the same report that they are "extremely pleased to have been appointed".

"We believe that bringing international motorsport events to South Africa is crucial for the long-term development of the sport and the country," he continued.

"As such, we are confident that a WRC event will help to uplift rallying in both South Africa and throughout Africa. We have a tough and exciting challenge ahead but are confident of success."

 

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