TYRE gate continued... To fully appreciate the MINI and Toyota teams annoyance at the situation; you have to look back through the history of the matter a bit further, than just the RedBull Peugeot press release of September last. It is in this light that the whole "10 year" thing that Marc Fontin referred to in the TV4France interview makes more sense. Since many years before - the basic tyre dimensions and specifications for Cross Country Rally (as set out by FIA) and adopted in the DAKAR (ASO reg's), were defined as: Complete wheels must have a maximum diameter of 940 mm for 2-wheel drive cars and 810 mm for 4-wheel drive cars. Where previously in the ASO regulations (prior to 2015 - when PEUGEOT came back to DAKAR) there was a clause in the SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATION general eligibility prescriptions under tyres: Art. 10P, that referred to series production conformity for manufacture of tyres used: "Tyres fitted must be available through normal retail outlets for all-weather use on roads and/or tracks." Now in the latest revision (ASO 2016 DAKAR), this reference is no longer in place. Art. 10P merely refers down to the technical regulation: See Art.T1P11 in the current Technical Regulations: Wheels and tyres. This article defines the technical specifications as to diameter/rim size, single authorized tread patterns and auto inflate etc. Interestingly, this clause still is in place in 2016; T1P11 WHEELS AND TYRES 2) 2-wheel drive T1 Vehicles must use tyres from a tyre manufacturer’s commercial catalogue. The reason that both Mini and Toyota are annoyed as I understand it, is that MICHELIN developed this tyre at the request/co-operation with PEUGEOT exclusively. It would apper that Michelin worked with Peugeot during 2015, and put it in their catalogue for 2016 ... This is the reason the (non Peugeot) factory customers are not too happy about the "french connections" clandestine development program... and while MICHELIN may not have stepped outside the letter of the (conveniently recently ammended) regulations persé, MICHELIN have shown their willingness to work exclusively with one specific team... So, as I pointed out in my previous post, maybe MICHELIN have a few less "factory" customers next year as a result?