Teams of the world rally championship has opposed plans to expand the calendar.
Recently, the WRC promoter Oliver Cisla provided participants with a version of calendar with 16 stages, promising that additional costs will be offset by the profit from holding a new rally. But the team still skeptical and do not agree with the limit is exceeded in 14 stages.
“There was a time when we had 16 races in the season. But that was ten years ago when the budget was much larger than now, – quotes the Hyundai team Manager Alain Penasse AUTOSPORT. In my opinion, 14 is the best option. I like the idea of returning to New Zealand. We are sure that in this country capable of conducting the WRC at the highest level. Yes, it’s a small market, but the most important thing riders like local roads and magnificent scenery provide a beautiful picture on TV.
There’s some speculation about returning to Turkey, but we have all heard about political instability in the region.
As for the idea of holding a rally in Croatia, I don’t know where it came from, because it is completely contrary to the plans of the promoters to conduct more stages outside of Europe.
I don’t know much about Croatia, but I remember Juho Hanninen told me that during one stage met just three machines, going forward”.
Head of M-Sport Malcolm Wilson would like to in the calendar, there are 13 stages, but under certain conditions, is ready to reconsider their point of view.
“If you focus solely on our financial position, adding new stages does not suit us, he said. But if Ford will come back or we will have a new sponsor, then I will consider the proposed rally with good support.”
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