Evans goes against FIA's test limitation

Elfyn Evans questions FIA's regulations about the testing days saying that any other professional sport does not have so limited number of testing days and it is difficult for the WRC drivers to prepare properly for a rally.

FIA has applied a regulation in which each WRC team deserves 21 testing days during a WRC season. This means that each driver can only have seven days of testing and normally a pre-event test lasts nine hours, therefore 63 hours of testing for each driver during a season. In addition to that, it is not permitted to WRC teams to schedule a test outside the European region. For instance, they are testing in Spain for Safari Rally Kenya, so it is difficult for the drivers to find the right set-up for a rally, whereas the teams scheduled a test in Estonia for the upcoming three fast gravel rallies of the season which will be held in Poland, Latvia and Finland. Last but not least, it must be mentioned that some of the part-time drivers of Hyundai and Toyota are forced not to test for a rally due to the limited number of the testing days.

"It’s always difficult with the current format", Evans said.

"I think it’s, give or take, seven days per driver per year. 

"I don’t know of any other professional sport where a driver can only practice for seven days of the year, because that’s ultimately what it means here.

"It’s not really been talked about so much, but it definitely seems difficult to prepare thoroughly now, with the way things are at the moment".

Source: DirtFish.com

Photo Credits: Toyota

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