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GP Week : Issue 33
>>WRCnews Three car Fiat attack in Switzerland FIAT makes a big attack on this weekend’s Rallye du Valais, with three official Abarth works entries for Giandomenico Basso, Umberto Scandola and Anton Alen, supported by a private entry for Olivier Burri, the Swiss driver who has won his country’s biggest motorsport event no fewer than eighth times in the past. The aim is to prevent Peugeot Nicolas Vouilloz is the one to beat for the IRC title Rossetti seals Euro title ITALIAN Peugeot driver Luca Rossetti has won his second title of the season. Having earlier clinched his own national series, three first-day bonus points on the Rallye Antibes Cote d’Azur were enough to earn him the European title last weekend. Rosetti led the ECR category at the end of the first day but then suffered fuel pump problems on Day 2 and retired. However, with points in hand, and the absence of nearest challenger Renato Travaglia, the title was secure. The rally winner was Nicolas Vouilloz, this time at the wheel of an official Peugeot 207 S2000, while his regular Benelux based team prepare for next weekend’s Valais Rally. Second was Vouilloz’s teammate Stephane Sarrazin making an rare rally appearance. The rally saw the competition debut of the Proton Satria Neo Super 2000 car driven by Bryan Bouffier.. An untraced electronic problem prevented the car from revving higher than 7000 rpm, and it was withdrawn after the first of the three legs of the rally. Provisional European Champion- ship points: Rossetti 67, Michal Solowow 65, Volkan Isik 54, Cor- rado Fontana 34, Krum Fonchev 30, Luca Betti 29 etc. driver Nicolas Vouilloz from winning the IRC series there and then, before the series goes for its final event to China in December. Vouilloz starts 18 points in front of Basso, with 10 points going to the winner of each event.. The race to the tender is on THE FIA has released its demands in relation to the proposed tender for the appointment of a Promoter for the FIA World Rally Championship. Interested parties have one month before tenders have to be submitted, and the notification of decision will be made on or before January 24 next year. In addition to demands to ensure the championship is controlled by the FIA, a ‘standard regulatory fee’(not stated) for regulating the championships and an annual ‘licence fee’(based on the turnover of the operation, the percentage not stated) are to be paid to the FIA. There is one major condition to the tender – the chosen promoter must guarantee the participation of “at least three Manufacturers”in the championship. The agreement is to last for 10 years, starting in January 2011. It is believed there are three interested parties planning to submit tenders, including the existing promotional rights holders ISC whose current responsibilities extend till the end of 2010. 17