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FIA faces crucial decisions: Rally2 role in the future of WRC

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Jari-Matti Latvala, team principal of Toyota Gazoo Racing, asserts his readiness for such changes. “I am mentally prepared for the possibility of swift changes. These alterations could come into effect as early as 2025. We must prepare ourselves, though nothing is certain yet,” Latvala remarks.

The landscape of rallying could undergo significant transformations as the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) contemplates pivotal decisions for the sport’s future. Following discussions with numerous stakeholders and even conducting a survey among enthusiasts, the FIA stands at a crossroads, pondering the inclusion of Rally2 vehicles in the premier category starting from the upcoming season, or possibly creating a distinct “Rally2+” category.

Jari-Matti Latvala, team principal of Toyota Gazoo Racing, asserts his readiness for such changes. “I am mentally prepared for the possibility of swift changes. These alterations could come into effect as early as 2025. We must prepare ourselves, though nothing is certain yet,” Latvala remarks.

He further emphasizes the need to ensure that all current automobile manufacturers remain involved, or ideally, that the number of manufacturers increases. This prospect, he acknowledges, presents a formidable challenge.

“Of course, the matter must be examined from all perspectives. The fans are a crucial part of this sport. Without them, there would be no potential car buyers, and without them, there would be no enthusiasts for this sport. Hence, it is not a bad idea to seek their opinion,” Latvala elaborates in a statement to Finnish media outlet Rallit.

Latvala underscores the necessity for a comprehensive approach to address the issue from multiple angles: the standpoint of automobile manufacturers, fans, and regulatory considerations. “We must craft a synthesis in such a way that the issue is examined from various viewpoints. We need to derive an equation to reach consensus on all fronts,” he emphasizes.

The potential integration of Rally2 vehicles into the premier category marks a significant juncture for rallying. It not only signifies a potential shift in the competitive landscape but also underscores the sport’s adaptability to embrace innovation while preserving its core ethos.

As the FIA weighs its options, stakeholders eagerly await the outcome, cognizant of the far-reaching implications these decisions hold for the future trajectory of rallying. Whether Rally2 finds its place in the pinnacle of the sport or spawns a new category altogether, the essence of rallying remains rooted in its ability to captivate enthusiasts worldwide with its blend of speed, skill, and spectacle.