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GP Week : Issue 17
Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport e News ... WRC news >> Good news and frustration at the Council ... THE FIA’s World Motor Sport Council (held 25 June) has “directed” the FIA to finalise negotiations for the appointment of a central promoter for the World Rally Championship, a step considered by teams in the sport to be long overdue. Hopes that the Council would also announce the rules for the new World Rally Cars (due to appear in 2010) were, however, dashed when it was stated that necessary investigative tests had not yet been concluded. Calendar-wise, the events provisionally listed by the FIA last year for the 2009 World Rally calendar have been confirmed. The WMSC stated that Cyprus and Poland had both passed the necessary Observers’ reports and the position of these events in the championship were no longer provisional. The 2009 and 2010 World Rally calendars had already been set at 12 rounds compared with the 15 rounds this year. Decided now was that both the Production Car and Junior World Championships in 2009 will consist of eight rallies each. This means that four events (Cyprus, Portugal, Argentina and Sardinia) will count for both series, in the way that this year’s Neste Oil Rally Finland does. ... although 2010 WRC regs are not far away FINALISATION of the 2010 World Rally Car rules is believed to be close. Tests to decide the best control system for the central differential are to be carried out next week. Another debated proposal, whether to force cars to run with MacPherson type rear suspensions, has been abandoned. At the same time, there are unresolved discussions about how to allow noise levels for 2010 World Rally Cars to be raised for reasons of both safety and spectacle. When the new three-layer technical formulae come fully into effect in 2010, there will be some new names. World Rally Cars, in their new form, retain this title. The combined class N4 cars (existing Group N and Super 2000) will be called Super Production and Group R in its various alternative tuning levels will collectively be called Production. The full details of the proposed regulations are still on the FIA’s secret list and not yet available for public inspection ... 17