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GP Week : Issue 52
>>WRCnews Cautious approval from teams WRC Teams have reacted with cautious approval to the 2010 World Rally Championship calendar and the other initiatives of the FIA. Speaking in Mikolajki before the start of Rally Poland, comments came from both Citroen and Ford: Olivier Quesnel: Citroen Racing Principal: “It is all going in the right way, but there is still a long way to go to get the sport back on the top, it will take at least two years. “I do not like the rallies to be too similar in the format. I like the idea of the rallies having different lengths, or having asphalt and gravel in the same leg. “We now know which type of engines we can use in the new regulations, we accept the new calendar (maybe this is not ideal, we would prefer a calendar of rallies in countries which can help us sell cars) but now the future is clear. “Now we wait for the arrival of new manufacturers into the championship, although I know this is not likely before the end of 2011". Malcolm Wilson:M-Sport Proprietor: “I am really happy that a lot of decisions have already been made. This sends out a clear message that the authorities are prepared to make changes to bring the WRC back to where I feel it should rightfully be. “There is no question, we are in favour of the 1.6 turbo engine, as every manufacturer is going in the direction of smaller engines and forced induction. This is environmentally better, another positive message. “There is, however, still a lot of detailed technical work to be carried out between the FIA and the teams about how the rules can be implemented in the available time scale”. 13-round calendar confirmed for 2010 A World Rally Championship 13-event calendar for 2010 has been declared with two events, Italy and Argentina, specifically nominated as reserve events. The FIA has accepted the proposals of the championship promoter ISC, with some alteration of dates and a major move for Portugal from spring to summer. The issue as to which reserve event will be selected, if one event fails, depends on suitability within the structure of the event, rather than by priority of one event as opposed to the other. The ISC states that a proposed calendar for 2011 will be presented for approval by the FIA before the end of 2009, based on event quality. *Subject to the 2009 Observer’s Report 14 Feb 07 Mar 04 Apr 18 Apr 09 May 30 May 11 July 01 Aug 22 Aug 12 Sept 03 Oct 24 Oct 14 Nov 010 WRC Calendar Sweden Mexico Jordan Turkey New Zealand Portugal Bulgaria * Finland Germany Japan Catalunya Corsica Great Britain 17