autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
WRC NEWS 

Teams hope Rally Poland returns

Mikko Hirvonen, Ford, Rally Poland 2009World Rally Championship manufacturers Ford and Citroen are both keen to see Rally Poland back in the WRC fold in 2011 following the nation's return to top flight rallying last week.

Rally Poland's future in the world championship is now in the hands of the WRC's promoter International Sportsworld Communicators, the firm which is putting together the calendar for 2011. A source within ISC admitted they had been impressed with both the popularity and professionalism of the event and that it was certainly 'in the mix' for 2011 and beyond.

Ford team director Malcolm Wilson said: "What Rally Poland has shown here is the perfect template for a rally. It's a great format: all really condensed. All [the stages within] 50kms from the service park. Here and Mexico are the perfect template. In our book, this is what a WRC round should be like."

Asked whether Poland should return in two years, Wilson added: "With a lot of concrete things put in place: service park, accessibility, it needs proper ground plan management.

"It would be nicer if it was closer to Warsaw or Krakow, from a transportation point of view, but I wouldn't want them to lose the character of the stages and what's here.

"It's the first time for a long time that I've seen all of the drivers so happy with the enjoyment of driving. That's something we haven't seen, that's another positive aspect we need to come across on television. Whether they're first, second or third, all of the drivers are saying how fantastic these roads are and we need to let people know just how fantastic our sport is."

Reigning world champion Sebastien Loeb added that he would be happy to see the fast Polish stages return to the calendar.

"The roads are nice, it's good to have more fast gravel rallies," he said. "Okay, it was not such an enjoyable rally for me, but on Saturday I pushed and I liked the roads. The number of spectators was quite impressive, on Saturday there were many, many people."

Subs
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  RELATED STORIES
Loeb still confused by Poland damage
Ford stands by Latvala after crash
Hirvonen takes win and points lead
Hirvonen closing on Poland win
Ford pulls away again in Poland
Ford still leads as Sordo closes in
Citroen: Loeb can still score points
Hirvonen pulls away in Poland
Mikkelsen feels he has proved himself
Latvala willing to support Hirvonen
Loeb: Incident was unavoidable
Hirvonen leads as Loeb crashes out
Solberg wins Poland superspecial
Haymarket