Mohammed Ben Sulayem was elected final week as president of the Worldwide Vehicle Federation. Succeeding Jean Todt on the head of world motorsport, he has already designated the WRC as a championship through which he ought to act. It have to be mentioned that at 60 years outdated, the Emirati comes from the rally world, which has gained 14 titles within the Center East. He was additionally seen within the WRC, his final participation relationship again to Rally Australia 1995, driving a Toyota Celica.
In his first media interview after his election, Sulayem mentioned he needed to make the WRC extra engaging to producers and finally improve the variety of manufacturers taking part within the championship. Presently, Toyota and Hyundai are the one two formally entered, whereas Ford competes within the WRC by a semi-official group in affiliation with M-Sport.
“We discuss Components 1 on a regular basis, however we can’t neglect the opposite disciplines”, Mohammed Ben Sulayem mentioned. “We’ve to have a look at the WRC. I am a person who comes from rallying. So we’ve got to have a look at that as effectively.”
“Having two and a half producers is just not sufficient in a championship as vital as this. We can’t simply sit there and say that individuals will come to us. I feel we’ve got to go knocking on doorways. producers and ensure our sport is engaging to them. “
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The WRC will embark on its largest regulatory change in a technology subsequent 12 months, with the introduction of latest hybrid guidelines dubbed Rally1 and supposed to usher in extra manufacturers. The adjustments initiated, nonetheless, haven’t but attracted new entrants to the championship and Yves Matton, who left his put up on the head of rallies on the FIA, estimated in latest months that it could be vital to attend till 2024 on the earliest earlier than the WRC can welcome a brand new producer.
“I can inform you that different producers are trying on the rules, for the second they’re finding out it”, Matton informed Motorsport.com in June. “They don’t seem to be designing a automotive, they’re trying to determine how these new vehicles may match into their advertising plan. I’d say 2023 is simply too near me. I feel the minimal time it takes to do one thing is 2 years.”
Make the rally reasonably priced for all areas of the world
Making the WRC engaging to producers is just not Mohammed Ben Sulayem’s solely objective in bettering the rally. He additionally needs to regulate the prices of rally vehicles, with a view to make them extra reasonably priced for potential opponents and to extend the variety of members.
“It is a query of price”, he harassed. “You understand, we began with rally vehicles that have been capped at $ 100,000, after which it went all the way down to $ 200,000. Sure, there may be. [une augmentation] once we discuss inflation, however it can’t be doubled. We have to management the prices. I lately drove the Rally3 and it could actually do the job of a WRC. The velocity is just not the identical, however the associated fee is far decrease. “
“Secondly, [il faut] reasonably priced autos on the degree of their introduction. Sure, we obtain the directives from the FIA, we be sure that the security guidelines are utilized. We have to get individuals within the area itself concerned within the love of motorsport, in areas like Africa, the Center East and Asia, and even Latin America, however can they afford it? No. These are among the areas we have to give attention to. “No Video(s) Found