The FiA has done the WRC in yet again as it was announced that the Monte Carlo Rally will again open the 2011 IRC championship. There was much speculation that the event would move back to the World Rally Championship for 2011 but the FiA has stood by its rally rotation theory and that has seen the event turn down the invite from Jean Todt and the boys.
The event which will be run for the 100th time next season has seen a number of WRC drivers participate. Mikko Hirvonen and Sebastian Ogier are the most recent to cross over and have massive success. I think that both series are currently suffering because of the current event layout. By not being on the WRC calendar, the race continues to lend credibility to the IRC as a series. It hurts the IRC because when the WRC drivers participate, they mop the floor with the IRC drivers and continue to show that the top talent heads to the FiA.
The bottom line is that the current setup that the FiA refuses to abandon is becoming rather cancerous. Quality events such as this continue to go over to the IRC because of this stupid rotation. There are a number of positive things going on within the WRC right now but all seem negated because of the constant problems surrounding the schedule. North Sport One is working hard to get things changed as a promotional body, but as long as the FiA runs the sport and shuts down their input or advice I am afraid we will continue to see slow growth for the series.