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GP Week : Issue 10
n Old model Subaru Imprezas have scored a dominating top five result in the second round of the FIA’s Asia Pacific championship rally in Canberra, Australia, headed by reigning champion Cody Crocker. Winner of the opening round Katsuhiko Taguchi (Mitsubishi) stopped on the first day with fuel pump trouble while the new model Subaru of Takuma Kamada crashed. Mitsubishi driver Scott Pedder was second after the first day but retired with damage after a heavy landing on day 2. The event was held in conjunction with an Australian national championship round and on overall times the winning Toyota Corolla S2000 of Simon Evans competed the route just 3.9 seconds slower than Crocker! n Kris Meeke is back! After months without a programme, the Ulsterman finished fifth on last week’s Rally of the Lakes in a Clio S1600, despite a puncture, winning his class by over 10 minutes. Leader Tim McNulty had a heavy crash, which gave the lead to Eamonn Boland, then Gareth McHale also crashed when about to take the lead n Jordan post mortem: after Citroen driver Dani Sordo was stitched-up by Ford’s tactical manoeuvres, many asked why the Spaniard did not retaliate by deliberately incurring a time control penalty at service later that evening. Answer is the rules specify the next day’s running order is based on classification at the end of the final orthodox stage of the day – not, as popularly believed, at the end of the day itself. SPECIAL STAGES WILL Rally d’Italia Sardegna finally see the 40th world rally victory for Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena? Certainly they have personal scores to settle after the accident on the event last year – but this is becoming traditionally an open event. Three different makes of car have won the rally on the four occasions the Italian world championship round has been held on this Mediterranean island. This year’s rally is actually the 50th event in a line of world class rallies in Italia, a series which began before the second world war and which continued strongly through the Sanremo rallies (see Rally Italia feature, page ??). In addition to the six regular championship entries, the two young rival Norwegian drivers Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Ostberg are to start this event with their World Rally Cars, as is the gentleman Dutch driver Peter van Merksteyn, who last year astonished local residents with the size of the yacht which he parked in Porto Cervo! Loeb goes for 40 – again … 16