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GP Week : Issue 33
SPECIAL StAGES n Ken Block won the final round of the Rally America series, the Lake Superior Performance Rally in his Subaru, finishing second in the series behind his teammate Travis Pastrana. n There is still no news whether reigning British champion Guy Wilks finally won his appeal against exclusion from the Yorkshire Trackrod Rally. As results stand, Wilks’ appeal was accepted on the technicality that the original protest against his car had not been correctly presented, but no final results have yet been issued. n Mitsubishi’s latest Group N car, the recently homologated Lancer Evo X, is to make its debut in Rally Japan, where three Evo X examples are due to appear. Drivers are to be Fumio Nutahara and Katsuhiko Taguchi in PCWRC entries and the privateer Hiroshi Hoshino. Vale: Pat Moss Carlsson n Jari-Matti Latvala rolled a Ford World Rally Car during pre-Japan testing in France last week. Reportedly he was checking the effect of dry set-ups in wet conditions. n The MG ZR Super 2000 of Mark Higgins has been entered in Germany for next weekend’s ADAC Drei Stadte Rallye. The double zero car is to be a Lamborghini Gallardo... n Former PCWRC driver Patrik Flodin from Sweden won the Velikie Luki Rally in western Russia in a Subaru. He reported the event was an absolute quagmire! 16 PAT Moss, one of the world’sw legendary female rally drivers, has died at the age of 73 after a long illness. A generation before French lady driver Michele Mouton helped popularise rally sport through her giant-killing exploits behind the wheel, Pat Moss had already broken the ground. Pat came to motorsport from two different directions, as a secondary passion after her first love, horses, and as sister to her elder brother, Stirling Moss. A lot of her rallying was done in the realm of chasing Ladies’ Prizes, which in earlier times carried a lot of promotional importance. She won this category at Monte Carlo eight times and five times became the European Ladies Champion. But far more impressive, she achieved outstanding success in events outright, not the least the 1960 Liege-Rome- Liege high speed cross-Europe endurance marathon. One of her most endearing aspects of Moss’ life, however, was her partnership with Swedish driver Erik Carlsson, the winner of the Monte Carlo and RAC rallies. Erik was rated one of the fastest rally drivers in the world, notwithstanding his success were gained at the wheel of Saab 93 and 96 cars, two-stroke cars, which were some of the smallest cars in the sport. In 1963 Erik and Pat were married and had one daughter Suzy, who went on to pursue her mother’s first passion, horses. Legend says that Pat was taught to drive by Stirling and competition on local club rallies set her off on her four-wheel career, before she was invited to drive for the fledgling BMC team. She drove cars of all shapes and sizes, but none so spectacular as the Austin Healey cars. It was in one of these that her victory in the Liege-Rome-Liege event was achieved. In 1963 she moved from BMC to Ford, but her friendship with Erik Carlsson led to her moving on to Saabs, where the husband-and-wife team gained considerable publicity and no little success. Many other drives followed, with teams such as Lancia, Toyota and Renault Alpine. Pat left the rally scene in the early seventies, just as the World Rally Championship got off the ground. There was a remarkable parallel between Pat and Michele Mouton, both physically capable drivers who got the best out of big cars, and curiously both marrying Swedish husbands. After her retirement from rallying, Pat helped her daughter in her show-jumping career, and supported Erik who now was a stalwart focal point in Saab promotional activities. Pat Moss-Carlsson is survived by husband Erik and daughter Suzy.