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FIA to clampdown on excessive WRC stage speeds

WRC stages deemed to be too fast will not be tolerated this season, FIA rally chiefs insist. The second run of Rally Sweden's Knon stage last weekend was called off after pacesetter Ott Tanak's M-Sport Ford set an average speed of 85.62mph on its first use. The FIA is considering regulatory changes to ensure average speeds do not go above 80mph. FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen told Motorsport.com: "These cars are quicker than the old cars – but in this stage even last year's [cars] were going more than 130km/h [80mph]. "These kind of stages teach us one thing: we need to take a more firm grip when organisers want to introduce new stages, we have to be present to check them....
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