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I see on rallynews.net that Rally Ireland has been granted a road closing order in the North for next years Rally Ireland....
Looks like they're definately pushing for a tarmac round of the WRC so...........
Tour of the Sperins also has been granted one and will move to tarmac next year.......
 

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Tarmac is the only way to go.

Apparently the organisers were told that there was no way the WRC teams would sanction a mixed surface event - mainly because of the extra costs involved in changing setups. This was one of the main reasons San Remo was ditched from the championship.

Its obvious that we dont have the mileage for an all forestry rally.
 

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It makes sense-Hamiltons flolly would be great WRC stage-that big jump would scare the bejaysus out of Loeb-proberbly won't be used though. Also tarmac is the only way to go especally as the WRC folk have nothing against there being anothe Tarmac round in the series.
 

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Looks like its official now - an all tarmac event.

from www.rallyireland.org:

Rally Ireland, the cross-border World Championship bid event launched earlier this year, will run between 10th and 12th March 2006. The format for the 2006 event will change to an all-tarmac surface event. The March event will be observed by officials from the governing body of motorsport, the Federation International de l'Automobile (FIA), for possible inclusion in the World Rally Championship (WRC) Calendar on an annual basis from 2007.

"This is a major undertaking by Ireland and we are looking for everybody to back our bid, said Sean OConnor, Co-Promoter, Rally Ireland. "We believe that the March date is tactically the best date to facilitate consideration for 2007. Our rally will be the first WRC candidate event to be observed next year."

OConnor went on to explain that following consultation with all key stakeholders, the FIA, the teams, the TV rights holders and the sponsors, Filte Ireland and NIEC, it was agreed to change from the mixed surface format (gravel and tarmac) employed in 2005 to a full tarmac surface next year.

"Running on tarmac facilitates the best TV coverage of the stunning countryside in the North West. This provides us with a better choice of roads to choose from and the heritage of Irish rallying has been on tarmac," said Tom Nolan, who has been reappointed as Clerk of the Course for the WRC bid event next year following the successful 2005 pilot event.

Rally Ireland is the most ambitious cross-border sporting initiative on the island of Ireland. If the WRC bid is successful it would create the largest annual sporting event in Ireland. The WRC has an annual global audience of more than 770 million TV viewers in more than 150 countries. The event is supported by both the British and Irish Governments.
 

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I see the USA are now considering running for wrc inclusion. They are bound to have a great chance of getting in.

Agree with above, tarmac is the way to go. There was no sense in running another mixed surface event.
 

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Didn't the USA not have a round years ago, the Olympus Rally??
I'm sure I saw something about it on the Greatest Years of Rallying - 1980's Video........................
 

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Didn't the USA not have a round years ago, the Olympus Rally??
I'm sure I saw something about it on the Greatest Years of Rallying - 1980's Video........................
Yes PJ, it was where Markku Alen thought he had clinched the 1986 WRC but Peugeot subsequently won their appeal against exclusion from San Remo because of a dispute over the sideskirts on the 205 T16.
 

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Thats right dcr!!! Remember it now!! Kankkunen actually ended up winning the title!!

Back to the topic though, I dont think I agree with GKnight....why would USA have a great chance of getting into the WRC
 

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I just think the wrc would like to get into North America. It's a potentially massive market for them even though they are into their silly sports over there.

Shouldn't effect us though because they are trying to get in the year after us.

[Edited on 9-11-2005 by GKnight]
 

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Best news I heard all week!
Let the madness begin.

Regarding the USA, considering that Subaru sold about 10 new STI's in Ireland last year, and about 10,000 in the USA, you see why having a round there might make sence.........
 

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Fundamental question - where's the road closing order coming from ??

There's only a small number of these available and this would seem to mean someone else is losing out.
I think the extra ones (like for the sperrins next year and for Mid Antrim Torr Head) have come from bikes events not being run.

If an order is allowed for rally ireland and WRC its one less for the ordinary guys.
 

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Originally posted by jasper cabbage
Fundamental question - where's the road closing order coming from ??

There's only a small number of these available and this would seem to mean someone else is losing out.
I think the extra ones (like for the sperrins next year and for Mid Antrim Torr Head) have come from bikes events not being run.

If an order is allowed for rally ireland and WRC its one less for the ordinary guys.
so who cares :dunno:
 

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This whole wrc thing is beginning to stink big time , first we have the farce of the award to Peter Hain at this years event and now we have just out of the blue found a road closeing order for next years event.
I wonder what it`ll be next ?
 

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Just Nosey, iknow there have been some problems to date with rally Ireland, but instead of slagging the event, how about turning that negative energy around and doing something useful to try an encourage a WRC event in this country..This may be the only chance we get to presuade the FIA to let us see real works WRC cars competing in this country
 
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