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GP Week : Issue 21
Legendary Companc Retires LUIS Perez Companc, an heir to the Argentine fuel company fortune, is to retire from active participation in the world rally championship after Neste Oil Rally Finland. After running a full programme with his Munchi’s rally team in 2006 and 2007, he announced at the start of the season that he would only make three appearances this year (Argentina, Jordan and Finland) and has now confirmed he will not continue afterwards. The Companc family expanded their South American commercial operations during the national privatisation programmes in the 90’s into the food industry in which the company Molinos Rio de la Plata became the responsibility of Luis and his brother Jorge. Munchi’s is a small ice cream parlour operation within the family business portfolio, an extension of the farming interests of Luis’ mother Maria Carmen. Luis is one of seven children of the family, which has a strong interest in motorsport. Another brother is Pablo, whose career in circuit racing was threatened by a serious accident at Homestead-Miami in 2007. Part of the Companc legend centres around the rallying brothers. On a rally raid event they had a potentially serious accident. At the time Jorge was driving and Luis was the co-driver. It is said that mother ordered that Luis should do the driving in future and, for family peace of mind, Jorge should Rally of Italy, Sardinia, 2007 Brothers Luis Perez Companc (L) and Jorge Perez Companc co-drive for someone else! So Jorge continues as co-driver for Munchi’s other driver Federico Villagra. Luis’co-driver Jose Volta has also announced an end to his active participation but will continue to help run the team. Valousek is BFGoodrich’s Latest Celebrity 29 year-old Czech driver Pavel Valousek Junior has been selected to drive the Kronos celebrity car on his country’s Barum Rally, fifth round of the IRC (22-23 August). After several years contesting various world championship rallies in Mitsubishi and then Suzuki cars with occasional outings with Focus and Toyota World Rally Cars, this is a major breakthrough. This year Valousek has been driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX on his national championship events, where he is currently lying third behind Roman Kresta and the reigning champion Vaclav Pech. Valousek’s career is mirroring that of his father Pavel senior, who competed for the private Agroteam operation in the ‘70’s with Skoda 130RS, Lada and then Porsche cars, before his international aspirations were curtailed by the national authorities. This season has represented a new start for Pavel Junior’s career, going back to Group N with a new co-driver and bringing a change in fortunes. His season started well with the Janner Rally in neighbouring Austria, which he was leading overall before being slowed by shortage of suitable tyres. ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a HuGE global audience 14 For more details CLICK HERE Pavel Valousek and Pavel Valousek!