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    The rules actually say that WRC teams have to be based in Europe.

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    The Promoter appears to command that the rally cant stay in Wales permanently and needs to move to different parts of the UK, presumably to generate greater interest and new fans.

    It seems a case of 'needs must' for Rally GB going to NI as the first move, as this is the only other area with the big interest in rallying and people willing and able to make it happen.

    After watching thrilling rallying on the island of Ireland for decades I for one will be happy to see a WRC event on their fantastic roads (Finland on tarmac) whether it be as Rally GB or Rally Ulster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    This calendar is i killer for privateers!

    I can in a way understand the thinking behind FIAs plan to try to be a pusher of rally to the world.

    But lets be realistic, rally as a "large" sport is european. All factories of WRCars, and WRC2 cars are in europe.
    The first layer cars produced outside europe is R4 and it is good that local tuners can finally play a part at FIA level.

    But I think the expansion policy of FIA is wrong.

    The result is that up and coming drivers can not afford anything else than the euro rounds on the calendar. So maybe this will give boost to ERC, as a feeder series to factory seats in WRC.
    WRC will loose the privateer figting factory aspect, that has been unique to the world championsip in rally. Too bad.
    But when was the last time there was a privateer genuinely fighting against the factory teams?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T16 View Post
    Still can’t believe the GB one will not be in the main land... and not even gravel!
    Check out what the N.Ireland road conditions can be like if it's wet...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-1loCBHRfw
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    Quote Originally Posted by T16 View Post
    Still canít believe the GB one will not be in the main land... and not even gravel!
    What a crock of shit.
    Last time I checked the globus, the whole thing was an island , but see your point.
    is then the plan that the same organisation will run the NI event, and let them swap venue every year, or is GB out?

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    About Ireland, I can't see how you can let the numerous spectators have a good view of the action and meet the FIA safety standards. Those hedges all people are standing behind don't stop anything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie WRC View Post
    Check out what the N.Ireland road conditions can be like if it's wet...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-1loCBHRfw
    Yeah, Iíve seen a bit of their tarmac stuff over the years, but itís not gravel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T16 View Post
    Yeah, Iíve seen a bit of their tarmac stuff over the years, but itís not gravel.
    No it's not but it's not your average tarmac rally either. Given setup is a mix of gravel and tarmac suspension and roads that are quite often ultra slippery when wet but extremely abrasive when dry. Def a must view live for any rally fan

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    How do we know it will be tarmac here's a clip of some of the gravel stages available in ni

    https://youtu.be/MBKxZr0HaCU

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    Quote Originally Posted by wia5958 View Post
    How do we know it will be tarmac here's a clip of some of the gravel stages available in ni

    https://youtu.be/MBKxZr0HaCU
    If it's going to Ireland or Northern Ireland it has to be tarmac. Anything else would be ridiculous. I doubt there is enough decent forest millage to host a WRC round anyway.

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