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GP Week : Issue 3
17 WRC news >> FORD goes to Argentina with two spanking new cars for the BP Abu Dhabi team, but Subaru World Rally Team are using the same cars they had in Mexico. If they are competing in the same championship, isn’t that a little odd? Yes, but it is the rules themselves which are the most odd of all... The FIA’s world championship rules allow every registered Manufacturer Championship entry to build 10 new chassis every year, which means the two registered entries must use only these 10 cars – and that includes testing. What happens if too many cars are destroyed? An extra chassis can be used in these cases but there is a five-minute penalty the first time it appears. When planning its next event, can a team use whichever chassis it wants? No, because the team must consider the five pairs of rallies in which the FIA order that the same engine and chassis pairing must be used. The FIA’s rules also state that each registered entry must not use more than five different engines per driver per season. The teams themselves must declare in advance which engines will be used on which events – bearing in mind the FIA’s stipulation that in five of the rallies, the same chassis and engine must be ‘linked’ together. What happens if an engine blows up? Too bad. The remaining engines have to be used more often. If a car has to retire from a rally for whatever reason, the engine can be changed before the next event without penalty. So, the pre-event Loeb crisis in Mexico was not about changing the engine after a failure in Sweden; it was about avoiding a penalty for changing the replacement engine for a third engine between scrutineering in Mexico and the start in Mexico. There was confusion (surprising?) about the rules, and when the replacement was found to be capable of straightforward repair, it was put back in the chassis and the Stewards agreed to waive the question of the penalty. Getting complicated? Things go deeper. Other components of the car are also restricted in their use – pieces such as transmission units, subframes, steering racks and so on. And what happens when a manufacturer changes the design of the car in mid season, like Subaru expects to do when their S14 model comes on stream? The teams have to adjust their scheduling accordingly – should they use two sets of components in the first half and three in the second half of the season? Subaru felt safer in running their older cars longer in the first half of the year. Which, basically, is why Ford will run new cars in Argentina and Subaru will not. Complex … Which Car This Weekend? STARTING from this weekend’s Rally Argentina, the French team Citroen Sport WRC cars will carry Red Bull signage – despite the fact that Red Bull drinks have been banned from sale in France for the past four years. French medical officials claim that Red Bull contains excessive quantities of caffeine and other stimulants and are fearful of its long terms medical effects on the human body. Red Bull entered rallying when they organised a Find- a-Driver competition in 2004 in German speaking countries for which some 300 applicants were assessed, and finally the Austrian Andreas Aigner was chosen. The company arrived in world level rallying when the Austrian preparation company BRR took over the running of the Skoda World Rally Car team in 2006, with Aigner as oneof the drivers. When that programme ended, the team contested the PCWRC series with a Mitsubishi driven by Aigner in 2007 and continues this year with a two car team for Aigner and Fernando Sousa from the Madeira islands. Meanwhile Olivier Quesnel, Director of Citroen Sport, is reported to have confirmed that the C3 model is to be the base for the company's future Super 2000 project. It is to be developed out of the company's new model C3 which will be announced later in the year. For more, see Opinion, page 29 WRC: Citroen Sport to debut in Red Bull colours