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GP Week : Issue 19
41 WRC INSIGHT >> onwards. The wish to see ‘classic’ events in the championship at more frequent intervals is noted, but currently there is no plan to change the 2009 and 2010 system. AS for the vehicle rules relating to World Rally Cars, they are not so simple. The current WRC rules expire at the end of 2009. In 2010, the new rules come into operation, but under certain circumstances 2009 specification cars may be allowed to run, either subject to technical modification to ensure that they do not outpace the new specification cars, or by restricting which drivers will be allowed to continue using these cars. In 2011 all world championship cars must comply with the new rules. Basically no manufacturer can homologate a new specification World Rally Car, which means to be eligible to run in future world championship rallies, unless they have first homologated either a Group N car or a Super 2000. With the exception of details about the way in which Super 2000 and Group N cars can have their specification upgraded to full 2010 World Rally Car status, and how current World Rally Cars must be detuned to be allowed to run in 2010, all necessary rules have been settled. Teams can now start planning their new designs. What also remains to be settled are the detailed ways in which the performance of either type of car must be capped for performance equivalence reasons. The new provisions of Group R come into full force in 2009, but transitional procedures for cars already homologated in Groups A and N have not yet been specified. THE biggest debate over the future concerns whether the teams are going to be happy with how the FIA are going to encourage its official championship promoter, whoever this will be, to develop the championship and return it to former glories. That is now the biggest single worry on the horizon for the rally teams.