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GP Week : Issue 25
>>GPWEEKOPINION every event. The development of World Rally Cars is part of this.” Over at Subaru the feelings were similar. David Lapworth, Technical Director of SWRT thinks “one of the basic rules of the championships is that every team enters every event. Without the ‘no registration no homologation’ rule, competitors with World Rally Cars need not enter every event and that would take us back to the bad old days. The days of cherry-picking events has long gone.” Christophe Chapelain, chief designer on the Impreza WRC, added: “Also, the present rule means that every car must be equally suited for every event. If we remove the rule, then you will have specialist cars which we do not want.” Malcolm Wilson, proprietor of M-Sport said “we are engaged in a long time investment in developing the championship as it stands. We do not want to go back, for example, to the days when Citroen used only to enter the asphalt events in which they felt they would be successful, when specialist two- wheel drive cars beat the regular championship teams. Teams making Super 2000 cars have their own formula (Group N), they do not need to convert their cars in Super 2000+ cars and call them World Rally Cars if they do not want to commit themselves to the world championship series”. Manufacturers producing the new generation Super 2000 cars are eyeing these reactions carefully. MSD chief David Whitehead, responsible for both the MG and the Opel projects, says “certainly we have no plans for the Opel project to go any further than S2000 at this time, but we have built into the design of the Corsa the ability to be converted to S2000+ in case we have the chance to do that. If we had not done this now, it would have been far too expensive to do it at a later time. Michal Hrabanek, head of Skoda Motorsport, says “at this time we are concentrating on Fabia S2000 work but we are watching what is happening”. The problem is the image that reluctance to rescind the rule might create. To outsiders, especially to companies supporting the new generation Super 2000 cars that could be converted in to S2000+ cars, it looks like a lock-out of the world championship scene. That may be a completely wrong interpretation, but it looks like this. How to open up the championship to other manufacturers is one of the urgent decisions that need to be made. With the finger of Ford hovering over the abort button and the number of championship teams threatening to go back to three, it seems new ideas for luring manufacturers to the championship might need some rethinking. 25