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GP Week : Issue 84A
WRC PORTUGAL >> Speaking in Portugal after watching the rst day of the world championship rally, FIA President Jean Todt declared "I have been to Jordan and I have now seen this rally in Portugal, but I am more ambitious for rallying. "While I have great respect for the organisers, manufacturers and promoters involved, I have expectations for more to come out of FIA world championship events. "The world championship events will continue the way they are, but we are making changes in the format. I do not like to see rallies which start at 9 in the morning, have a two-hour lunch halt and nish at 5. It is simply not the way I see rallying. "I know (that organising a rally) it is huge work. We are taking all that into consideration. But what was true 20 years ago is not true now, and what is true now will not be true in 10 years time. We have to take that into consideration as well. "An event in the FIA calendar must have a lot of emotion, be attractive, present a unique test. To get the emotion and the avour in world level rallies, the format has to be di erent." As for the responsibility given to the Global Promoter North One Sport (ISC), how does he view their promotional work? "NOS signed an agreement with the FIA as promoter last year and my intention is to give them my best support, to achieve the best result. "For me success is always the result of a team e ort. At the present time the team is made up of FIA people, organisers, manufacturers, private teams and the promoters. Altogether, we have to do a better job if we want to have a championship at the level at which I am aiming for the FIA. "The FIA has a strong job to bring rallying up to another (higher) level. Organisers have to contribute; also teams, manufacturers and promoters. I am optimistic we can establish a strong rally championship in the future. "It is obvious we need more manufacturers -- two is not enough. We must encourage new ones, and that is done by having a higher dimension to the sport. It is the responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the sport to encourage them to join." The President is ambitious 47