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GP Week : Issue 122
Going round in circles The world rally championship and the countless people who work so hard to make it happen deserve more than what they are getting. They deserve better than to be the specimens used by Commissions to see whether some new idea works – or fails. ‘Change for the sake of change’ is a culture which blights the sport. Reactionary rather than considered changes lead to disasters. Now we have the spectre of erasing so much of what has gone on before. Isn’t this just another chapter in the book of errors? Some more recent changes were certainly short-sighted and deserved being dropped, but many were the required adjustment to changing circumstances in the world. Over-anxiety to forget the past and re-introduce mixed stages, night stages, long distance rallies is going to extend the damage. Is it too much to hope that stability can be preferred to retromania? Newcomers do not want to enter an unproven world – they want to enter a world they can see before them. There really isn’t much wrong with what we have got now except the paucity of manufacturers and the arrival of promotional gimmicks. Respect the successful proven evolution of the sport. Our current rally world is proven. If the old days were so wonderful, why did they fade away? When the success of an event depends on a breath of wind, something is wrong. WRC OPINION >> 55