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GP Week : Issue 48
>>WRCnews on’t go away 25 years after rallycross star Martin Schanche took his experimental four- wheel drive rallycross Ford Focus to the Pikes Peak international Hill Climb in Colorado state, USA, twice World Rally champion Marcus Gronholm heads off to tackle the event in a special five-door version of the Fiesta rallycross car. Promotion for this project comes on the back of the impending launch of Gronholm’s Race to the Clouds the Fiesta production car on the American market. Times have moved on in recent years for the ‘Race to the Clouds’, which climbs from 2800 to 4200 metres above sea level. Race Director Phil Layton explains: “By the time of the 2009 event (19 July) seven miles of the 12.42 mile course will now be tarmac. The paving process started in 2001, designed to protect specially identified areas which needed erosion control. “The asphalt stretches are not continuous. This means that the challenge for competitors has altered. Drivers are now continuously changing from asphalt to dirt surfaces.” After an impressive start to his regulatory one-shot climb in 1984, Schanche’s attempt was thwarted by a puncture. The course record stands at 10m01.41s held by Nobuhiro Tajima in a Suzuki XL-7 special in 2007. Sir Seb AT a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 27, five-times World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion d’honneur, equivalent to the Knighthood in Britain, from the French President Nicolas Sarkozy (right). A similar honour was earlier bestowed on France’s most successful Grand Prix driver Alain Prost, who won the world title four times. Between them, Prost and Loeb stood officially and publicly to attention for La Marseillaise more than 100 times! 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 ... 9