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GP Week : Issue 36
>>Moto GPnews rd Capirossi’s first rally rostrum LORIS Capirossi beat rival Valentino Rossi onto the British rally special stages last weekend, when he made it to the rostrum in the Tempest Rally, held near Aldershot . But while Valentino’s outing is in the World Championship RAC Rally, Loris enjoyed rather less stress at this Suzuki-sponsored rally, described by organisers as “a fun event,” run over 80 km of special stages. Loris flung his Suzuki Swift round eight enough abandon to come ninth overall, and third in the race-within-a-race Suzuki Swift group. “I took my time in the early stages until I got used to driving on the loose surfaces and in the forests,” he said. “As I got more confident I was able to go a lot quicker. I think if we could have done a couple more stages I might have caught the leader.” Team boss Paul Denning was less fortunate, getting stuck in a ditch on only the fourth stage. Valentino Rossi in a Subaru Impreza WRC on stage 3. Rally of New Zealand 2006 Omens galore for new Hungarian track THE first stone was turned with due ceremony on Thursday November 6 for the new Balatonring circuit, venue for next year’s revival of the Hungarian MotoGP race. Near Savoly, set back from the south- western tip of Lake Balaton, the new venue is backed by the local tourist bureau, and is being built by a company that is 70 percent Spanish-owned: the private Worldwide Circuit Management S.L. Former multi-champion, successful 125/250 team owner and now circuit entrepreneur Jorge Martinez, better known as Aspar. One ominous aspect is the circuit design: drawings show a very tight layout cramming a maximum of mainly slow turns into the minimum area. Comparisons with Valencia are valid: the new track has been modelled on that stadium circuit. This gives trackside fans maximum viewing value, but can (as two weeks ago) lead to processional racing. But Martinez promised otherwise, at the track’s July launch. It would be one of the fastest tracks, he insisted: and the 18-metre width would make it an exciting circuit. The other omen is for the organisers of the Czech Republic GP at Brno, less than five hours away by road. With Hungarian racing interest fuelled in recent years by 2007 125 champion Gabor Talmacsi, Brno had been able to rely on a huge contingent of Hungarian fans, with the closest thing to a home race. By coincidence, the ceremonial start to the track construction – which will need to proceed apace with winter approaching fast – took place in the same week that the circuit of Brno signed up to host MotoGP for another five years at least. The contract was extended for a further two years, until 2013. Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 13