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The Australian Rally Championship has today announced a control tyre would not be introduced into the ARC in 2009, though the option remains on the table for a future date.
Ongoing consultation with tyre manufacturers through 2008 led the Australian Rally Commission (ARCom) to decide the overall best interests of the Championship would be best served by continuing to work with the tyre companies through 2009 in an attempt to ensure there is tyre parity between Group N and the lighter Super 2000 vehicles.
ARCom Chairman, Colin Trinder, stated that: “Implementing changes to the ARC in 2009 would not provide competitors and tyre manufacturers with enough opportunity to test different compounds, constructions and tread types to find a single tyre specification that is suitable for both Group N and Super 2000 vehicles”.
This sentiment was shared by Pirelli’s Australian Technical Director, Simon Pool. “With the World Rally Championship using a Pirelli control tyre and around a dozen other national rally championships around the world using Pirelli, we would like to extend into the Australian Rally Championship,” Pool said.
“With some development we believe this would help make the ARC stronger; at this stage we just see it as a matter of developing an even balance between S2000 and Group N,” he added.
While the 2008 ARC season has only recently come to a close, competitors will already have their sights set on the 2009 season-opening Rally Tasmania, which takes place in just over two months’ time as the Championship returns to the tarmac for only the second time in its 41 year history.
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