6th February 2019, 23:25
Good point! Only little bits of sea though.
Originally Posted by stefanvv
7th February 2019, 00:19
Well that'd be one way to get Cyprus back on the calendar...
Originally Posted by Mirek
I can only really see this working well with Monte Carlo, working on the basis that you'd want to drop the French and Italian rounds from the calendar in order to let new countries in. Given the event's tradition of historically having starting points around Europe, you could get away with something similar to what the cycling Grand Tours have with the starts and opening days being held abroad. So with the Monte you could at least easily include the Sanremo/Italian stages before moving to the usual French stages. If the French can't be stripped of their own round they could be influenced to move their round back to the North East, then you can include Belgium, Germany or even Switzerland if there's interest. All have hosted starts of the Tour de France...
With France, Italy and Germany looking like being in the most peril, I imagine it's with this in mind that Todt has spoken. He's not talking to us, I imagine he's trying to influence the thinking of organisers in those countries. It's the easiest way to reduce three rallies into at least two anyway.
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7th February 2019, 00:35
Makes a lot more sense to cross some borders than, oh I don't know, do a stage in Buenos Aires or Mexico City on Thursday night. The '1 day in Norway' works well for Sweden IMO and probably helps organisers offset costs.
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7th February 2019, 00:49
If countries join forces to organize much larger events, like World or Euro football cups, why can’t they also do it in the WRC?
The WRC is spreading worldwide and it seems we’ll get fewer events in Europe in the future, despite a growing offer. Honestly, Todt proposal sounds better than loosing important events for the series (probably on a ‘who’s paying more’ selection) or going back to rotation (some time ago the promoter suggested 3 years in/out, which seems too long).
Maybe 2 countries events are a sort of utopia and they’ll never happen (at least on a larger scale than the Sweden/Norway case), but it’d be interesting to have a proper try.
7th February 2019, 06:12
I like the idea actually (where possible).
Monte, Italy San remo stages and than french Alps.
Spain and Portugal mayby?
Sweden -Norway is good.
Australia - New zealand would be great, but wil be to expensive i guess.
Germany - Belgium they where close to Belgian borther a few years ago, crossing the border is Neuville land, East belgian region.
Greece - Cyprus
Ireland - GB
7th February 2019, 06:49
Australia's best rally stages are all in New Zealand anyway, thats why so many Aussies come here to rally.
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7th February 2019, 07:26
Australia is as close as you can get to paradise... and NZ is paradise .
Originally Posted by GravelBen
This is coming from someone currently in Victoria Aus.
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7th February 2019, 09:10
And how should that work? Make a 3-4 day break between stages to get the cars on a ship those approx. 1000km over the mediterranean sea from Athens to Cyprus?
Originally Posted by Duvel
7th February 2019, 09:46
Yeah, most of the suggestions have been too abstract as well. You should start with an existing rally that is already close to the border like Rally Sweden is close to Norway's border. Meanwhile for example Rally Finland is so deep inside Finland that it could never co-operate with any country with the current regulations unless it would be moved to another city, and I just don't see that happening.
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7th February 2019, 10:34
That could work.
Originally Posted by Duvel
The question is why would we want that? What can we gain by doing that?