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Rules change saved Tarmac Championship Gray

Thursday, 13 July 2017

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THE Chairman of the Tarmac Rally Organisers' Association has said the decision to make World Rally Cars ineligible for the Irish Tarmac title effectively safeguarded the Championship's future.
Under the new rules, which came into effect last season, R5 and S2000 cars now feature at the head of the Tarmac Championship while WRC crews battle it out for the lesser known WRC Cup.
With many national rally competitions in the world hedging their bets on the 'R' formula, Gray and his team decided to do likewise. Although unpopular initially he says he's been vindicated, especially as last year's title fight went right down the wire, with Keith Cronin winning it in Cork. Another reason behind the change of direction among TROA's top brass was the steady fall in entry numbers for rounds of the cross-border series, and the high running costs of World Rally Cars. On average, ten or more R5 cars from five different manufacturers now start every event.
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