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GP Week : Issue 11
AUSTRAIAN automotive parts company Repco is to sponsor two Australasian world championship rallies, having secured naming rights on alternate years for the newly reformed Rally Australia in 2009 and then Rally of New Zealand in 2010. Garry Connelly, founder of the original Rally Australia, was present as FIA Observer in Rally d’Italia Sardegna when the new accord was announced, in NZ: “This is an interesting consequence of the FIA’s new calendar event rotation system. Repco’s support means that we have not only the support of a major motorsport sponsor, but takes advantage of the opportunities for these two events to share resources.” It has been 22 years since the name Repco was last seen on a world championship rally, when the company supported the Metro 6R4 of Tony Teesdale on Rally New Zealand. The company was instrumental in the career of Formula 1 world champion and manufacturer Jack Brabham. Details of the 2009 Rally Australia, to be held on the borders of Queensland and New South Wales have still not been released. Repco Comes to the WRC New Subaru for Acropolis? – no-one’s saying! NOBODY at the Subaru World Rally Team would give any hint in Sardinia last weekend whether or notv the Impreza N14 will make its world championship debut on the next WRC round, the Acropolis Rally, on May 29 to June 1. Team members would only suggest that an announcement was imminent. If the Acropolis deadline is missed, the next World Rally the car could enter is the Rally Turkey on June 13-15. This, however, is unlikely. FIA rules stipulate that the same car and engine must be used in Greece and Turkey, leaving the next opportunity for the debut as the Neste Oil Rally of Finland (July 31 to August). FIA officials have confirmed that the car was ready to be homologated on June 1, which permits the car to start rallying at the tail end of May, in Greece, if requested. WRC news >> Tony Teesdale drives Repco sponsored 6R4 on Rally New Zealand 1986 13