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What is the future of WRC?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Petri Karonen (C) 1994. May not be reproduced without author's permission. Permission is automatically granted for non-commercial use provided that the author is ...

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What Is the Future of World Rally Cahampionship?

Ford Motorsport has announced that they won't be competing as a works team in WRC next year. This adds to the speculations concerning the future of WRC. FIA has threatened that if less than four factory teams enter the group A championship next year the only official World Championship will be in the two-litre front-wheel-drive specification group F2. At the moment it seems that only Toyota and Subaru are fully committed to the group A World Championship in 1995.

FIA has said before that gr. A will be abandoned for the benefit of F2 sooner or later but if this happens already next year there will certainly be problems. The interest for F2 isn't yet so strong that any of the big manufacturers would have seriously committed themselves in it. After Acropolis the leading manufacturer in F2 was the Czech Skoda. Many of the top drivers have also objected to the change-over to much slower cars. There would be a considerably long transition period before the F2 cars could match the spectacle the current gr. A cars are now offering.

It is good that FIA is trying to prevent such tragedies as we have seen in F1 from happening in WRC but hopefully they understand that by making too drastic changes too soon they can seriously damage the whole sport. -- =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= = Petri Karonen Email: pakar@tukki.jyu.fi = = World Rally Championship Infosystem: http://www.jyu.fi/~pakar/ = =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

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