World Rally Championship commission president Morrie Chandler has slammed what he sees as complacency from some of the longstanding events in the WRC – urging them to learn lessons from newer rallies on the calendar such as the recent Rally Poland.
While next season's WRC calendar has been agreed, the fight for places on the 2011 bill is being hotly contested, with up to 20 rallies seeking a position on what's thought likely to be a 14-round schedule. Chandler says having a long history in the sport will not provide any event with an automatic place on the schedule.
"Where our problem lies is that we've got some events – and I'm not going to put names on them – existing in the WRC that believe they are god's gift," Chandler said. "They've got a huge distance to go and they don't know it and they don't recognize it and they don't want to. You tell them that and they don't even hear you.
"We've had new events come into the championship and they've left with a good feeling. Look at Poland, it's moved the sport into Eastern Europe, which is a good – and the promotion in Poland was, from what I could see, very good."
Chandler added that some degree of rotation of events could be expected to continue in the 2011 calendar. "I suspect the way the calendar will probably evolve is that the new events, as a necessity, will become rotational and they will enter with that mentality," he said. "For example, [Rally] Jordan is very happy to do a bi-annual round of the WRC, as are quite a number of other events."