The application process closed over a month ago, but CAMS are still working through the tyre regulations for next year's Australian Rally Championship (ARC). For the past six years, the ARC has run a controlled tyre on all cars, first through Kumho, and for the past three years with MRF Tyres. However an application process to assess the interest in more than one tyre supplier was put out this year, with lots of interest received. CAMS offered the option for a manufacturer to apply to be the sole control tyre supplier, or join the championship as one of up to six 'official tyre suppliers'. "We are just working through our options at the moment," Michael Smith, Director of Motor Sport & Commercial Operations, said today.
"Obviously this has taken longer than expected, but we have a variety of options and given the importance of the decision we take, we are making sure that we have all i’s dotted and t’s crossed before we make an announcement."
There is thought to be several tyre suppliers interested in joining the ARC in the coming years. Some of the ARC's leading teams have already been testing different brands of tyres this year, suggesting that a multi-manufacturer tyre deal could well be on the cards. Meanwhile, the 2020 ARC calendar announcement has been delayed because of the long-awaited WRC calendar reveal. Although the WRC submitted their preferred calendar to the FIA some weeks ago, the sport's governing body is yet to release it. "We are almost there with the calendar but yes, we are currently waiting on an announcement from the WRC Promoter," Smith added.

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