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 31
SPECIAL StAGES n The second of two rallies held in Corsica ready for this weekend’s World Championship round was won by Diomedi’s Skoda Fabia World Rally Car. n For the first time since Sanremo in 1996, stages run entirely on both asphalt and gravel have been authorised for the 2009 Cyprus Rally. Rallying goes green! CITROEN displayed its hybrid- powered rally concept car recently at the Paris Salon. Based on a C4 WRCar, the n Both heats of Australia’s first all-tarmac championship rally, the Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge, have been won by the veteran Neal Bates in a Toyota Corolla S2000 (above). n Arnaud Augoyard is to take over the Interspeed team’s Clio R3, the unlucky car driven by Kris Meeke in Catalunya, on the forthcoming Tour de Corse. Augoyard was officially supported by the French federation in Corsica in 2007. n Two Turkish drivers vie for the lead in Ford’s entry- level international Fiesta Sporting Trophy series, which will be settled at the Wales Rally GB in December. Emre Yurdakul leads lady driver Burcu Cetinkaya by a single point after Catalunya. n You are never too old. The total age of the three drivers on the podium at the French championship rally based at La Touque was 171 years. Third placed Jose Barbara himself was 73 ... 16 project is intended to serve as a statement by Citroen on motorsport ecological issues. Called the C4 HYmotion 4, the car features a hybrid energy recovery system intended to provide added performance with reduced emissions and the chance of energy created by the brakes being wasted. The car can be operated under four different modes: in traditional internal combustion engine mode, which would be the scene on special stages and sometimes on road sections; internal combustion engine mode with energy recovery facility. When used on special stages, this will serve to improve brake efficiency by reducing brake fade and at the same time charging the batteries; using only the electric motor with energy recovery, useful for driving on non-timed sections, for example in built- up areas and service parks; in boost mode, with internal combustion engine and electric mode together. For a limited period of time, an additional 300 Newton metres torque is available. Citroen Sport’s team director Olivier Quesnel explained the vehicle was constructed on Citroen’s own initiative, but the company looks forward to the chance of working with the FIA to demonstrate the possibilities of new eco-friendly technology in motorsport. Sylvain Rivier, Citroen’s head of electronics and electricity department, added: “This is a more sophisticated system compared with the various KERS systems being explored in Formula 1. Both the Formula 1 and our systems feature dual engines, the normal internal combustion engine as well as an electric motor. Currently our project car weighs some 150kg more than the normal rally car. The dry batteries used for storing energy weigh around 90kg, the associated systems another 60kg. “The single prototype car has been heavily over-engineered, in order to see how the systems will work, and before the motor show the car was only run for a single day, in addition to extra running time spent on promotional purposes. “Of the various systems available for KERS, the electrical option of storing energy is preferred, especially as the alternative flywheel system does not make it so easy to store energy. The whole project is full of ideas, and I still cannot get used to the idea of a rally car going past in complete silence!” Worldwide rally action ALISTER McRae finished the best of the 15 guest drivers competing on the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally recently, the one-day rally in Central Scotland run as a memory for the former world champion who died 12 months earlier. A bit further south, the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire brought brothers David and Mark Higgins together on equal points at the top of the British Rally Championship chart. Guy Wilks had led the rally start-to- finish, but four hours after the finish came the announcement that he had been excluded for running a non-homologated steering on his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. In the IRC, Giandomenico Basso’s Fiat Grande Punto S2000 ran away from the large Peugeot opposition to win the Sanremo Rally, while in Russia, veteran Alexander Zheludov regained the national championship title after winning the final round, the Novorossiysk Rally, in his Subaru Impreza N12.