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GP Week : Issue 51
>>WRCnews And then there were three THE curious balance of the 2009 World Championship calendar has taken its first victim. Patrik Sandell (pictured right) is already out of the race for the Production Car World Championship before mid-June, despite already winning the category on two events and a second place. Drivers must contest six of the eight rounds of the series, and six of the eight qualifying events have already been held. Sandell has contested five rallies, and his only remaining event will be the Wales Rally GB in October. He now plans to gain more asphalt rally experience between now and then on non-championship events. This year the PCWRC series was virtually all on gravel, while the 2010 calendar is likely to feature many more asphalt rallies. Three drivers are still in PCWRC contention. Neither Nasser Al Attiyah nor Armindo Araujo will contest Repco Rally Australia and have only one event, Wales Rally GB, to go. A third driver, Eyvind Brynildsen, can also end up champion, and he is competing on both remaining events. The failure of a standard coil, part of the electrical system, is blamed for Sandell’s long delay in Greece and the loss of his championship chance. Big Spenders in Mexico USD$75,000 is the prize fund on offer at the Rally of Nations, being run in Mexico on 9-12 July. Entries from over 12 countries will contest the event which is being organised during the world championship Corona Rally Mexico’s rotation gap year. Using the same roads which are used by the World Championship teams, competitors will compete against each other for financial incentive prizes based on individual stage times and overall results. And new this year in addition to the orthodox stages and a Superspecial will be a new street stage. Top European entries include reigning Production Car world champion Andreas Aigner, former World Champion Didier Auriol, former Production Car champion Manfred Stohl, Harri Rovanpera (who won the trial pre-championship event in 2002), Toni Gardemeister, Dani Sola and Xavi Pons. The event will again be based at Leon in the province of Guanajuato, the former staging post for the Carrera Panamericana road race in the 50s. 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 ... 19