Would Official Tests Have A Place In The WRC?

  • Revenger210

    Very interesting article, good job!

    As for the subject matter, I feel I’m pretty much ok with how testing is handled rn. I’m not a person who usually checks on testing days either way, so it doesn’t really interest me.

  • wrblog

    Interesting topic, Jason. For me, this idea would make sense only if it followed the WEC format, as you said. It would need to have official support and status – in essence, it would be very much like another event in calendar, in terms of organization and promotion. I don’t know how much useful data teams would be able to get out of it, because they would not be able to follow their own schedule, but it could yield some exposure for all participants. Basically, it would be like a big pre-season shakedown, not meant to replace normal testing, but instead to serve as a warm-up for crews, teams, media and spectators, correct?

    Tom

    • Jason Anthony

      Exactly Tom, kind of like what the BRC used to do with their “BRC Live” event. You are right, it would be more like an expo for media and fans, but the teams could get some miles in as well

      • wrblog

        I am really curious to see what Toyota will bring on board, in terms of media and promotion. If you recall, Volkswagen had some nice ideas and projects going on in their first year, reaching out to fans and the sport in general. Perhaps once WRC settles down with Citroën, Toyota, Hyundai and Volkswagen, they will start thinking outside the box, how to do things that are original and interesting, but avoid destroying the essence of it all.

        • Alex Langheck

          I don’t expect Toyota to be anything like VW. Not helped by having it run by Makinen – who wasn’t exactly a PR dream as a driver. Even now, there’s very little info about next year. Yet the Toyota WEC team seem to be the opposite. RadioLeMans have done shows from Cologne and had plenty of info from the team. I can’t see the same with the Finnish Toyota run team.

      • Alex Langheck

        I went to the first BRC Live/ Shakedown event in 2002 at Sweetlamb. It was an enjoyable day – but it was more a promotional event than a test.

        Maybe, as in the article have an ‘event’ in a former WRC venue; Sanremo, Ireland, Kielder, etc

  • Jason Anthony

    Just thought of this today… remember the Fafe “Rallysprint” from a few years ago? I think it was last run in 2014… I guess this is kind of similar to what I am proposing. Think about the crowds that came out to that event (see attached photo)… even when Rally Portugal was run just a few weeks later. Yes, 1 stage run several times isn’t “real” rally, but to me, I’d rather have one real stage instead of 10 cheesy “spectator stages” run on city streets. It’s all about seeing these cars and drivers in their “natural habitat.”

    • wrblog

      Behind the idea 100%, if done and run properly, both ways – all must benefit from it, the sport and spectators alike. Perhaps this really isn’t such a far-fetched idea. Definitely would do more for the sport than any kind of powerstage shootout would!

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