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GP Week : Issue 14
n 18 year-old Andreas Mikkelsen did his good deed when he lent a championship rival Anders Grondal his spare Focus WRC for the Norwegian championship Aurskog Holand Rally. Mikkelsen won the event but Grondal broke down on the first stage! Their other rival Mads Ostberg finished third after a puncture. n An ADAC spokesman in Germany has confirmed that the German touring federation’s issues with the FIA do not concern the future of the ADAC Deutschland Rally. It was explained that the FIA delegated to the motorsport federation DMSB the power to delegate the running of the German world championship rally. Thus, political positions are not affected ... n After leading for most of the way, S2000 Superman Luca Rossetti was delayed on the Salento Rally and eventually came second behind works Abarth driver Andrea Navarra. n Rallying all-rounder Sebastien Loeb has to miss the chance to return to Le Mans this weekend because it clashes with Turkey. He has however been offered the chance to race in a Porsche Cup event in Albi the weekend after New Zealand n The Belgium Ypres Westhoek Rally, qualifying event for both the FIA’s European championship and the IRC will experiment with a new system of in- car signalling. If there is an obstruction further down the stage, the race controllers will cause a light to show inside a rally car. This alerts the crew that they must slow down and to be prepared to stop and advises that the organisers are prepared to make a time allowance. SPECIAL StAGES DETAILS of the new format Rally Japan have recently been issued, showing no fewer than 29 special stages, with an average length of less than 12km. The 1.4 km superspecial, to be run at the spectacular Sapporo Dome, is to be run five times, the 2.5km Imeru stage, held close to Sapporo’s Chitose airport, no fewer than four. Not since Portugal in 1997 have there been so many special stages in the same event, but in those days the total distance of stages on a rally was higher, so it has been a considerable period since the average length of stages on a world championship rally has been so short. Short stages in Japan 14