Frequelin upsets Irish rally fans
- 13th June 2007, 2:59pm
Frequelin, in Ireland for this weekend’s Donegal Rally, in which Sebastien Loeb will compete as a ‘test’ for Rally Ireland, reportedly told the English Autosport magazine, “I’m sorry, but Ireland is not big enough. And anyway, we already have an event in GB – which is close enough. People were not happy when we had Turkey, Cyprus and Greece on the calendar because they were too close (in proximity) – this is the same problem. What’s the point if we can’t sell cars there?”
Rally Ireland co-promoter, Ronan Morgan, hit back, saying, “There’s an awful lot more to Ireland than its car market. The TV images from Ireland will be stunning. It’s a country we want to show off. As well as that, we have a variety of marketing initiatives which we are working on with the FIA. Maybe we should be judged after the event.”
Frequelin’s views are not new but are unlikely to be helpful as Ireland seeks to secure a permanent place in the WRC from 2009 onwards.
The Frenchman is due to retire from his post as head of Citroen Sport at the end of the year.
SUBSCRIBE BELOW TO READ THE FULL STORY
By clicking "Subscribe Now" you agree to receive news, offers and updates on RallySport Magazine. If you do not wish to receive marketing communications, you can update your preferences in My Account.
We will commence charging your payment method after the 7 day free trial expires. If you cancel after expiry of your trial, cancellation will take effect from the end of your current monthly subscription period. You will not be refunded any fees paid to RallySport Magazine unless otherwise set out in the terms and conditions.