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GP Week : Issue 57
>>WRCnews eNasserxcluded from acropolis ays calm! roads are wider!” Asked about his future motorsport plans, he said: “I still have one more year contract (in Formula 1) but everything is open and it is nice to be a part of (rallying) here. It all depends on which way F1 is going. Nobody is exactly sure how it will be. “I am in no hurry. If I have the time, maybe I do some more rallies. I like learning different things so if I have no (F1) testing then I will do more rallies. I enjoy it and there is no harm in it.” Following his spectacular exit from the rally, Kimi was as succinct as usual: "I took a little bit too wide line on the corner. I thought it would be alright but unfortunately there were too many rocks on the outside of the bend. “Anyway, I did not think I would be able to finish the rally because we had too many problems with the engine, but it was good fun. Nobody got hurt so it did not matter.” fia’s World cup takes shape INTEREST in the FIA’s recently-announced World Cup project for 2010 season is gaining strength, following the news that both Ford and Citroen will be present in the 2011 World Championship season – which means running new generation World Rally Cars based on Super 2000 designs. Currently it is expected that the Cup will be based on seven selected rounds in the 2010 WRC calendar, maybe incorporating rounds which will also count for the Production Car Championship. If this is to happen, the PCWRC will continue to be based on driver results whereas the World Cup might be for makes. The plan is that the Cup will be for homologated S2000 cars (which currently come from eight manufacturers in addition to Citroen and Ford), but will not be for any new cars modified out of S2000 into the (still undefined) 2011 World Rally Car rules. NASSER Al Attiyah has been excluded from the results of the Acropolis Rally held in mid June, following a special meeting of the event Stewards held in Jyvaskyla. Nasser had finished second on the event and was leading the PCWRC championship. The final results of the event had been announced subject to “a complete engine inspection” of the car. During the inspection it was found that the crankshaft had been balanced in a way which entailed removal of metal, a procedure forbidden under Group N preparation rules, but which the team claims had been unofficially authorised earlier by the FIA. The team stated they believed that every Group N engine prepared by the Prodrive company had been subjected to similar treatment, and would appeal the decision. The result of the appeal will no doubt be eagerly awaited by Group N competitors round the world, but the fact of the appeal will seriously disturb the competitors in the PCWRC. If Nasser stays excluded, the leader now is Armindo Araujo on 37 points ahead of Al Attiyah on 31 and Patrik Sandell on 28. All three have only one rally left to run, while fourth placed driver Eyvind Brynildsen (22 points) has both Australia and Britain to contest. 19