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GP Week : Issue 50
>>WRCnews es of a time Group N to grow? RC round THE FIA is considering upgrading the standard Group N turbo restrictor from 32mm to 33mm, in a bid to maintain parity with Super 2000 rules. The June 24 meeting of the World Motor Sport Council is to be asked to allow the turbocharged cars the bigger restrictor, effective for the 2010 season. Mario Fornaris, a consultant CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS engineer working with both the Skoda Fabia S2000 team and for the Group N Pirelli Star Driver teams, said "I definitely think this will help reduce the gap in performance. It is not a cosmetic change, [and] may not be enough to fully balance the cars, but a real step in the right direction. I think that the lighter Super 2000 cars have an inherent advantage on longer stages, because this reduces the strain on the tyres and also on the brakes, especially when it is hot and the stages are longer.” Ken Skidmore, team director of the Barwa Subaru team, which runs PCWRC points leader Nasser Al Attiyah, agrees. "It is a fantastic idea.,”he said. “It is very cost effective and will increase competitiveness. Comparing a Group N car against a Super 2000, the Group N is not as fast. A 33mm restrictor will give us a better chance on the gravel rallies, but on any asphalt rallies we are still going to be beaten.” 17