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GP Week : Issue 144
have to do our maximum in our work all the time. With all the extra number of support vehicles which follow the WRC events, is there room enough at the service parks? CT: This will not be easy because we do not have enough space, though we have gained some space around the central service park in Valence. In Valence we are at the maximum so we cannot provide the usual amount of space in a WRC service park. “So far as Monte Carlo is concerned, we have looked for a long time in the area around the Principality and in Monte Carlo itself but it is impossible to find any more available space. If we attract 100 entries we will be at the maximum limit of available space. For the manufacturers’ teams we can only give them 500 square metres which is a third of what they had in Strasbourg or the Rallye de France. I think there will be some complaints but it is like it is. The FIA President Jean Todt wanted the Monte Carlo back in the World championship, but did you want to go to World championship? CT: Personally, not automatically, because running a WRC event is very complicated and we wanted to avoid losing the traditional ambience of the event. “ The WRC nowadays is all about more and more speed on the stages. Our tradition is about drivers staying on the road, and not leaving the road and restarting the next day. We feel that the driver who goes off the road should be definitely out of the event. We were always against this SuperRally idea. So we had to ask the FIA, is the SuperRally system mandatory? In the end it was agreed we need not offer SuperRally for retired drivers on our event. Any regrets at what you see in the world championship these days? CT: Yes there are. It is a pity that we have only two or three manufacturers in the WRC at this time in the championship. This is difficult to accept. The tradition of the sport is that if there are less than four competitors or so in a class you have to merge the classes but you cannot do that in the WRC events. It’s a pity to have so few manufacturers in a world championship. It is not representative of the sport. “ We also hope that there will be a return of sports cars to rallying soon. The R-GT regulations are ready, but the cars have not arrived in time for Monte Carlo. We think that GT cars are in the spirit of rally cars. For us it would be a pleasure to have GT cars return to the sport. It might be difficult for you, but does the Principality welcome the return to the World Championship? CT: Yes absolutely. Valence, the people in Ardeche and Drome as well as a lot of people will be happy to see Monte Carlo back in the World Rally Championship.” Monte Carlo is Back WRC FEATURE >>