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Testing has begun for the four factory WRC teams with their new cars, in readiness for the Monte Carlo Rally in January. A few detailed changes are immediately noticeable, though Hyundai had already shownsome of their bodywork changes for 2018 at the last two rounds of 2017. Seb Ogier testing for 2018 season M-Sport sprung a surprise when they appeared in the Ardeche region with a completely different colour scheme on a car being tested by Elfyn Evans.
The Fiesta WRC had Red Bull signage very prominent, and no motif for M-Sport, with only the Ford oval signage, and also Michelin.
Another important test was by Volkswagen Motorsport for their Polo GTI R5 car. The final versions of the 2018 WRC cars are expected and their final liveries to be seen at the launch in Birmigham in January 11th.   * * * * * The FIA WRC Sporting Regulations have appeared, confirming the deadline for Manufacturer WRC registration is to be December 22, which coincides with the closing date for Monte Carlo Rally entries. Eagerly awaited is news of the exact name for the M-Sport team. The Sporting regulations for the FIA Regional championships are still awaited. * * * * * Timo Jouhki, manager for Kalle Rovanpera, says the 17-year old Skoda team driver will be able to enter at least six rounds of the 2018 WRC2 series. With Skoda’s programme officially starting in time for the third round (Mexico), he hopes Kalle will also be allowed to compete in Monte Carlo with his old Skoda team TGS, run by Toni Gardemeister. In an interview published by Urheilu Uutisek, Jouhki said there was no chance for the original hopes that Kalle could compete in the 2018 British Championship, because of the multiple classes between the WRC and the BRC in 2018.
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