World championship to expand
Friday 09 February 1996
Max Mosley, president of FIA, the governing body of world motorsport, yesterday announ-
ced a major expansion of the World Rally Championship, held by Britain's Colin McRae.
On the eve of today's Swedish Rally, the opening round of this year's world championship, Mosley said: "In 1997 we will have 14 events. That will then rise to 16, as we have in Formula One. We've got to get it out of the little club level."
Mosley insisted extra rallies would raise the world championship's profile and dismissed suggestions it would impose too severe a burden on top drivers. "If you cut the number of rallies, they'd just increase the amount of time testing," he said.
Bernie Ecclestone, the FIA vice-president, said: "We've got to take a good look at making it entertaining. At the moment, on television, it is not."
A dispute erupted when it emerged that local radio stations were for the first time being charged up to pounds 3,300 to cover the rally. Sweden's Kenneth Eriksson said radio stations carried vital safety information for spectators and that the approved broadcaster did not cover the entire route.
Both Mosley and Ecclestone said they were unaware coverage had been so severely restricted and pledged to reach a last-minute agreement.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...