ARC one-make rally series light still flickering
- 13th June 2019, 12:13pm
"What is really clear to us is that it needs to be strong for the rally market, because what is relevant in Europe may not necessarily be relevant in Australia."We've had a couple of discussions with manufacturers, but getting the right platform for the development pathway is critical." In circuit racing ranks, the current Hyundai Excel series is currently going gang-busters, with over 600 of the small, front-wheel drive cars registered for racing across the country. Both Victorian and New South Wales have also run successful rally series for Excels over many years. Perhaps the reliable, low-budget Excels would make the perfect platform for a one-make series in the ARC?
"There's a lot of merit in Excels, but we need to decide if it's just competitor numbers we're after, or if it provides the right platform for a development program," Smith added."We need to make sure we get it right from the start, to take some time, as the right structure needs to be taken. "It needs to be right for the sport and the industry." Re-sale value is also of great importance. While cars such as the Charade, Corolla and Satria proved successful, once those series ended, many competitors found selling the cars became a real problem. Getting the one-make series decision right from the outset could well have a significant influence of the sport for years to come.
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