Dispensation for WRC 'gravel cars'

The FIA World Motor Sport Council will permit 'gravel cars' to be used during the 2004 World Rally Championship, although each event organiser must apply on safety grounds for an individual waiver. Meanwhile the new WRC recce and servicing arrangements announced in October have been confirmed, and so have the testing restrictions

Dispensation for WRC 'gravel cars'

In October, the WMSC approved an outright ban on 'gravel cars' as a cost-cutting measure. FIA WRC Commission president Shekhar Mehta said that they were an aid to performance, rather than safety, but this decision was widely criticised by WRC crews.

The WMSC also confirmed on Friday that the 'Milles Pistes' recce system would be required for all events next year after the Swedish Rally, except where a waiver is sought by "an organiser who has particular difficulties in 2004." The new flexi-servicing regulation will also be implemented.

The WRC teams will be prohibited from testing outside Europe (including Cyprus and Turkey), in the same country as a WRC event after the start of the recce until the end of the rally, on any road to be used as a special stage of any WRC event, and throughout the months of August and November.

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