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GP Week : Issue 46
SPECIAL StAGES n The 20th running of the Sol Rally Barbados takes place this weekend. This event is claimed to be the West Indies’ biggest motorsport event. Entries for nine World Rally Cars have been accepted for this free- formula event, including a Subaru Impreza for Kris Meeke, who won the rally last year in a Toyota Corolla WRC. n Andreas Aigner is coming back! The 2008 FIA Production Car World Rally Champion has been absent from top-level rallying since last year, but is set to enter the Baja 500 off road race, sharing a car with Armin Kremer. They are part of a two-car team along with Armin Schwarz and Martin Christensen, driving 640bhp Buggys. The event celebrates its 40th anniversary, starting on May 30, and is based at Ensenada, Mexico. n Former World Championship driver P-G Andersson won his country’s most important event of this season, the South Swedish Rally, in a Mitsubishi Evo IX after a hard fight with the old Ford Escort WRC of Mats Jonsson. Ford Focus WRCs came third and fourth. n Late News; the Subaru of Travis Pastrana was leading the Oregon Trail (Rally America championship event) on the final day, ahead of the Mitsubishis of Tanner Foust and Canadian Andrew Comrie-Picard. Pastrana’s team-mate Ken Block retired with suspension damage, his third retirement in four events. n The bad luck for Guy Wilks has continued, on the Talsi Rally in Latvia. The reigning British Champion lost a lot of time in his Lancer Evo X with an exhaust problem. 1 to access a HUGE global audience ADVERTISE in GPWEEK Henning, Hydrogen and hybrids THE EVS Viking Rally for eco-friendly cars ran last week in Norway, from Oslo to Stavanger, with categories for hydrogen-powered, plug-in hybrid, electric, and other cars. Toyota Priuses, in one form or another, won the first two categories, with a Tesla finishing the third. The winning hydrogen car driver was Marlene Engan, co-driven by her sister Veronica, while finishing 11th of the 13 finishers in class was Henning Solberg and the Crown Prince. The Engans were greeted at the finish by Prince Albert of Monaco. Road to China THIS year’s Race of Champions, to be held in Beijing in November, is holding regional finals at various venues in Europe. The first such final to be held will be at the football stadium for FC Porto, northern Portugal, on June 6 and 7. Among the rally drivers expected to appear are Carlos Sainz, Miki Biasion, Dani Sordo and Gigi Galli. Duval back for Ypres FORMER Ford and Citroen works driver Francois Duval is to drive a works-specification Skoda Fabia S2000 at the Ypres Westhoek Rally. He will be co-driven by Denis Giraudet, and the car will be run privately by Rene Georges – the Volkswagen preparation company. The entry is sponsored by Gordon’s Beer.