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GP Week : Issue 50
>>WRCGREECE uide to crashing Note to self, change notes: Sebastien Loeb and co- driver Daniel Elena, pictured, were lucky to escape their frightening crash. PCWRC: Unwelcome Guest uide to new stages more new rallies in the World Championship, or at least to keep changing the stages around, to stop people memorising stages.” “In our car, making pace notes is a pure team effort. It comes from years and years of Petter and I being together. I think that other crews are nervous about the pace notes they make. In my work with the British junior rally teams, I find young people all make really good pace notes, but when they put them to the test, the time differences are massive. Some trust them, others do not. It was interesting to hear what Sebastien [Loeb] said as to why he went off the road. Half of his mind was on thinking if he should alter some notes for the second time through the stages. He wasn’t absolutely confident on what he had already decided. The degree of commitment to your own pace notes is what it is all about. You can certainly tell which drivers got their pace notes right when they tackled the first three stages on the Saturday morning in Greece this year.” THE race for the Production Car category was won by an interloper, the ‘Guest’ driver Lambros Athanassoulas, who rented a Skoda Fabia S2000 and quickly equalled and exceeded the pace of the regular PCWRC drivers. Almost from the start he held the category lead, ahead of fellow Skoda driver Patrik Sandell, but both suffered technical troubles. The Swedish driver lost nearly half an hour with a coil failure and fell well back, losing his chance to be champion at the end of the year. The Greek driver had a faulty engine sensor, which lost him the lead for a couple of stages before he could reclaim it from Nasser Al Attiyah, who came second despite steering damage. Armindo Araujo finished third despite rear suspension damage, Toshi Arai came fourth after a cautious drive, and Martin Prokop was fifth despite gearbox problems. The series now rests between Al Attiyah, Araujo and Eyvind Brynildsen. Pirelli Star drivers had another difficult event. Jarkko Nikara started well – fastest of all the Group N drivers on the first stage – but both he and Nicos Thomas retired with engine troubles. Martin Semerad and Mark Tapper had transmission troubles, and of the five PSD drivers, only Jon Williams made the finish having completed all the stages. The Greek privateer Haris Kaltsounis made the WRC debut for the Opel Corsa S2000, but retired with engine trouble. ACROPOLIS 1 Mikko Hirvonen 3 Jari-Matti Latvala Mikka Anttila 4 Federico Villagra Jose Diaz Ford 2 Sebastien Ogier Citroen Julien Ingrassia Ford Ford Ford 5 Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Daniel Barritt 6 Khalid Al Qassimi Michael Orr 7 Mads Ostberg Jarmo Lehtinen 4:09:42.5s +1:12.9s +1:45.0s +3:48.3s +3:59.8s +7:04.3s Jonas Andersson +12:24.9s 8 L. Athanassoulas Subaru Skoda Nikolaos Zakheos +12:47.6s Points: Loeb 55, Hirvonen 48, Sordo 31, Latvala 25, H Solberg 21, P Solberg 20. 43