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GP Week : Issue 39
SPECIAL StAGES n VW Polo S2000 driver Andreas Waldherr has won the BP Ultimate Lavanttal Rally, second round of the Austrian championship. He finished nearly half a minute ahead of 20 year- old Mitsubishi driver Herrmann Gassner Junior and a minute in front of Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager’s Skoda Fabia S2000. n First time out in a Porsche, former Fiat S2000 driver and 2007 Spanish national champion Miguel Fuster won the Rallye La Vila Joiosa, beating Xevi Pons’ Subaru Impreza N14 by 3.4 seconds. Manuel Avino in an other Porsche was third while reigning champion Ojeda was fourth in another Subaru. n John Papadimitriou has won the second round of the Greek series, the Olympic Rally in Western Peloponnese, in his Mitsubishi Evo IX, more than two minutes in front of Gregory Niorkas’s Subaru N12. Papadimitriou was co- driven by Ulsterman Allan Harryman. Favourite Aris Vovos retired with gearbox trouble. n Subaru Impreza World Rally Cars of Patrick Elliott an Niall Maguire have finished 1-2 on the Circuit of Kerry while Mike Quinn finished third in an old Escort Mark II. n Subaru Impreza N14 cars have scored a 1-2 in the second Argentine championship rally, based south of Cordoba. 2001 FIA Group N champion Gabriel Pozzo headed Claudio Menzi while Federico Villagra came third in his debut in a Mitsubishi Evo X. locally prepared Group N Mitsubishi. 20 Ford to run up-rated engines MIKKO Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala will have uprated engines at this week’s Rally of Portugal. Main improvements are electric water pumps and lighter flywheels. Under FIA rules, once new parts are homologated they must be used. The drivers agreed the changes were valuable and the parts are duly to be homologated on April 1. Under the regulations, the Focuses used by the Stobart and Munchi’s teams can not use these new pieces. Loeb beaten in Belgium! SEBASTIEN Loeb was beaten at a Red Bull promotional event in Belgium last Friday, held at the 800 metre world famous Mur de Grammont hillclimb, a stretch of paved (cobbles) roads famous in international cycle racing. The five-time world rally champion’s Citroen C4 WRC was beaten by ten-time world motocross champion Stefan Everts riding his KTM MX machine. The winning margin was 0.1 seconds! The disgraced French rally driver was forced to clean Evert’s bike as a penalty for losing. Meanwhile retired four- time world rally champion Tommi Makinen personally tried his hand at two-wheel competition on the celebrated Lake Paijanne enduro, but his BMW was forced to retire with an electrical problem.