by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 28
SPECIAL StAGES n Entries close on 19 September for the Rally of Malaysia. This is round 6 of the Asia Pacific regional series but, critically, the venue for the APRC Star Driver Shoot-out. Currently about 10 eligible under-27 drivers are expected to start the event, including five from New Zealand alone. n Twice world rally champion Carlos Sainz has thrown away victory on the PAX Rally, the second of the newly created Dakar cross country series, by rolling his VW Touareg. He was beaten on the Portuguese event (by just 16 seconds after 800km) by Stephane Peterhansel’s Mitsubishi. This was the final event for the petrol powered Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution model before the diesel Racing Lancer model makes its debut on the 2009 Dakar. n Although he had to miss the Asturias Rally, Italia Peugeot S2000 driver Luca Rossetti is in third place in the IRC and is also well on track to take the Italian national championship. He finished second on the all- gravel Costa Smeralda Rally in Sardinia at the weekend, behind the Mitsubishi of championship rival Paolo Andreucci. n The first stage of the Caminos del Inca marathon rally in Peru was won by Dasso in an Impreza. British driver Steve Perez (Mitsubishi) was fifth in his class. This nine-day rally, which is traditionally the highest and the longest in the world, finishes on Sunday after more than 2000 kilometres of stages! n Subarus took seven of the top eight places on the Rally Colorado (a Rally America championship event), headed by Travis Pastrana. 16 Fiat finally wins again ONE year after the official Abarth team scored its last major international rally win, Giandomenico Basso brought his Grande Punto S2000 to victory at the Rallye Principe de Asturias, the seventh round in the 2008 IRC series. The long drought of success finally came to an end on the mountainous asphalt roads in Northern Spain, ironically on the weekend when Andrea Adamo, the frustrated chief engineer of the project, left the team. This was the first time the Asturias rally had been elevated to major international level but the weather was capricious, leading to many regretted and a few lucky tyre choices. Basso swapped positions through the two day event with Peugeot driver Nicolas Vouilloz. Vouilloz, who had come to the event 12 points in the lead of the IRC series, increases his championship lead to 17 points, with three rounds still to go. Notwithstanding power steering problems, Freddy Loix took third place ahead of the reigning IRC champion Enrique Ojeda Garcia and the reigning Spanish champion, Fiat driver Miguel Fuster. In sixth place came Basso’s teammate Anton Alen, a fine performance for this young gravel road specialist. Sergio Vallejo, the BF Goodrich Kronos celebrity driver finished seventh, gaining the lead in this year’s Spanish series. Dani Sola (Fiat) went off the road and, in the two-wheel drive category, Alessandro Bettega retired with alternator failure, victory going to tenth-placed Joan Vinyes in a Renault Clio R3. Nicolas Vouilloz Freddy Loix Giandomenico Basso