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GP Week : Issue 64
OFFICIALLY launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show was the production Citroen DS3, the model confirmed recently by Citroen Racing officials to be the basis of the company's next generation World Rally Car. For many years DS cars and their derivatives were the cornerstone of Citroen's international competition, starting when a DS19 was the top French car to finish the 1956 Monte Carlo Rally, through to 1975. DS23 cars finished second, third and fourth places on the world championship Morocco Rally in 1975, the closest these cars came to a WRC victory before being replaced three years later by the almost-as-big Citroen CX range. In the 20 year span of Citroen activities with this model they achieved many successes, often taking advantage of entering cars in categories for Production Car vehicles. There were many varieties of these remarkably big cars (their wheelbase was more than three metres long) including the DS19, ID19, DS21, DS23 and the Maserati powered SM and a special short chassis coupe model which competed in the prototype categories. The names were carefully and cleverly chosen. DS in the French language sounds the same as the word which means Goddess, ID means Idea (these Citroen cars were full of new ideas!) and SM is said to mean His Majesty. On display in the Service Park at Repco Rally Australia was the last DS, a 23 model, to win a major event, the 1974 Wembley to Munich marathon. Some wag placed a tape over part of the car's name on the rear bonnet, so it read "DS3". The tradition might remain but that is about all... Return of the Goddess! 34 year-old former world rally champion and four times event winner Petter Solberg has been registered at the FIA as a nominated member of the Citroen Junior team for Rally GB, as teammate to Sebastien Ogier. He will be co-driven as usual by 46 year- old Phil Mills, bringing the total age of the crew to 80. Mills commented: "we missed out being a Junior earlier in our careers, and always wanted to be a Junior!" A three day asphalt test with a C4WRC prior to Spain is to be carried out this week, with a full gravel stage test planned before Rally GB. Never too late to start NEW Zealand driver Hayden Paddon has followed his recent selection as the Asia Pacific championship's Pirelli Star Driver and his Group N victory on the world championship Repco Rally Australia with a New Zealand championship. Paddon gained sufficient points to be unbeatable in his country's national championship on the first day of the final round of the series, the Boxman Rally of Nelson, run in forest regions at the north end of the country's South Island. 22 year-old Paddon has already been rally driving for seven years. At the age of 15 he already had his first rally, his first crash and his first class win! In 2006 he acquired an Evo VIII and experienced co-driver John Kennard and, at the age of 19, won the NZ Junior title. In 2008 he acquired an Evo IX converted to left hand drive and became the youngest ever NZ rally champion at the age of 21. Third success in a fortnight! WRC news >> 17