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GP Week : Issue 30
>>WRCnews ptions 80s co-drive star gone FORMER British champion co- driver Rob Arthur has died at the age of 58 in France after a heart attack. Arthur is best-known as the co-driver for the late Tony Pond, especially in the dramatic days of British Leyland competition. Their greatest world championship success was finishing third on the 1985 RAC Rally in a Metro 6R4. At the end of that era, Arthur became the regular co-driver for Jimmy McRae, with whom he was British champion 20 years ago, in 1988. The duo then finished fourth on the Acropolis Rally in 1989. For Jimmy McRae this news came on the eve of the Colin McRae Stages Rally, in which guest drivers from round the world came to honour the memory of Jimmy’s son Colin. 18 for the Shoot Out Pirelli Star Driver Shootout (European) Austria Belgium Bulgaria Codasur Zone Czech Republic Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Nacam Zone Norway Poland Portugal Spain Sweden Turkey UK Andreas Aigner Thierry Neuville Todor Slavov Victor Galeano (Paraguay) Martin Prokop Jarkko Nikara Guillaume Canivenq Hermann Gassner Keith Cronin Simone Campedelli Benito Guerra Jr.(Mexico) Sveinung Bielvedt Michal Kosciuszko Antonio Rodrigues Lemes Yeray Patrik Sandell Emre Yurdakul Adam Gould THE FIA has announced the names of the 18 drivers nominated by federations for the Pirelli Star Driver European Shoot-out, to be held in the form of a one-day rally run in Freistadt in Austria on October 23-25. Of these 18 drivers, two will be given drives on six rounds of the 2009 World Rally Championship, along with one selected driver from the African, Asia Pacific and Middle East regional championships. The countries invited to make nominations for the ‘European’Shoot-Out are (a) those nine countries which ran events in the 2008 FIA European rally championship, (b) the other countries in Europe which run world championship rallies, (c) the host country Austria, (d) the Codasur zone in South America and (e) the Nacam zone in Central America. Not yet announced are the types of car each driver will bring to Austria, but this is a secondary issue. The two chosen drivers will be considered not only from their performances on the six stages of the event, but also as a result of interviews. Federations have used differing criteria in making their nominations, ranging from considering which driver would gain the most in their career experience from the occasion, to which driver will have the best opportunity of winning the award on behalf of his country. Selected drivers range from very young drivers, such as 18 year-old Thierry Neuville from Belgium to Patrik Sandell who was the FIA’s 2006 Junior World Champion. Austria’s Andreas Aigner is currently leading the 2008 FIA Production Car World Championship. 17