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The Australian Rally Championship is still actively looking at implementing a one-make rally championship, although a decision is far from immenent. It has been some years since the ARC had a one-make series, after successful series in the past with Daihatsu Charades, Toyota Corollas, Proton Satrias and Subaru Impreza RSs. "It's something that we're very conscious of doing properly," CAMS’ general manager of motor sport, Michael Smith, said. "It's easy to create a one-make series, but it's more important to get it at the right price point. "The FIA are currently going through a restructure of their rally pathway, and we're waiting for that before we make any decisions.
"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."

The Subaru RS Challenge was a popular one-make series in the early 2000s.

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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