by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 54
SPECIAL StAGES n Volkswagen Polo Super 2000 cars, headed by that of Hergen Fekken, filled the top three places in the South African championship VW Rally, based at Port Elizabeth. Rival Toyota S2000 cars took the next three places. n Revenging their exclusions on technicality at the previous round, Subaru cars ran 1-2 in the Argentina championship mixed-surfaced Tucuman Rally. Laughlin O’Sullivan won both days of Idaho International Rally, third round of the USRC in a Dodge SRT4. Mitsubishi Evo IXs took the first three places in the all-asphalt Rally Huairou, third round of the Chinese championship and the town where China’s only World Championship rally was held in 1999. David Higgins beat the Finns Jarkko Miettinen and Jussi Valimaki n Peugeot 207 Super 2000s finished 1-2 in the French championship Rallye du Rouergue, ahead of a 307 World Rally Car. Winner was Guillaume Canivenq’s car. n The first five places on Finland’s championship OK-Auto Rally were taken by car numbers 1-2-3-5-6, headed by Jari Ketomaa’s Subaru. Cars 4 and 7 retired ... Suzuki JWRC drivers Kosziuszko and Burkart competed for pre-NORF experience and finished 5th and 8th in their class. n More joy for Skoda in Italy. Piero Longhi drove to victory on the all-gravel Rally di San Crispino. More anguish for Fiat. Rally leader Luca Rossetti lost because of a last stage puncture. n Sources in France say that the number candidates for promoting future French world championship events has been narrowed to four. Under consideration are proposals from promoters based at Strasbourg, Dijon, Limoges and Corsica itself. The French round of the WRC is in a gap year in 2009. n Two weeks after Rally Poland the national Karkonoski Rally was held. Tomasz Kuchar (Peugeot) beat French driver Bryan Bouffier (Mitsubishi) by 1.9 seconds. n Fumio Nutahara led the national category of Rally Hokkaido in his Evo X from start to finish, his third gravel rally victory of the season. 1 High-altitude hijinks THE 10-minute landmark barrier at the famed Pikes Peak International Hill climb faces a double challenge this weekend. The record for the 12.42 mile course is 10m01.41sec, set in 2007, and two particular one-shot barrier-smashing challenges to gain a single-figure time will be made. These will be made by the existing record holder, Japanese driver Nobuhiro Tajima in his Suzuki special and by twice World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm in his converted Ford Fiesta rallycross car. The road climbs up to 4300 metres above sea level, well into the head-ache zone until you become accustomed to the thinner air. Further south in Peru the Huancayo Rallytakes place, fourth out of eight rounds in the FIA’s Codasur zone series, and the highest championship rally in the world. Based at the Andes town of Concepcion, in the region of Huancayo, which itself lies around 3300 metres above sea level, the rally heads further upwards to stage around Jauja and Concepcion. Leading competitors have cars from the Tango Mitsubishi, headed by Alejandro Cancio and the Baraterro Subaru team from Argentina led by Raul Martinez. The special skills of high altitude rallying are various and often unexpected. Legendary Peru rallyman Henry Bradley, now Promoter of the Incas Rally, once attributed his many victories to his superior knowledge of animals: “There are countless types of animals high in the mountains,”he explained, “and they all have different ways of running away when you approach. Some run up the mountainside, some downhill, some run away from you along the road and some just sit there. If you correctly recognise the animal and remember its habit, you won’t slow down unnecessarily and will save yourself minutes on the special stages!” Quality entry for bulgaria ONLY three registered drivers in the European Rally Championship will be missing this weekend from Bulgaria, the WRC candidate rally which is being officially inspected this year. The two absent registered four-wheel car drivers are the Italian Renato Travaglia and Croatian Juraj Sebalj; the third is a registered two- wheel car driver, Elwis Chantre. Top seed will be ERC leader Michal Solowow, the businessman from Poland, who starts six points ahead the local driver Krum Donchev, both in Peugeots. Two wheel drive championship leader Antonin Tlustak (Citroen S1600) is seeded one behind his nearest challenger Todor Slalov (Renault R3). This will be the fifth out of 11 qualifying rounds of the ERC, in which all of the remaining events except one will be run on asphalt. See page 38 for our full Rally Bulgaria preview. Tapper wa