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GP Week : Issue 65
n Important change is being considered for the JWRC and PCWRC in 2010 -- no prior declaration of events need be made by championship contenders. Events may now be nominated one by one at the time the event itself is being entered. This will avoid the amazingly complex way that events can be changed by swapping the name of the entrant, as happened when Armindo Araujo decided to go to Australia instead of Rally GB. n There is anger in Africa at the decision to give Peter Horsey the Pirelli Star Driver award after the recent Shoot-out in Rwanda. Navraj Hans is upset because he had the same overall time as Horsey on the rally (second place was decided by a tie-breaker rule), Chase Atwell because he set five fastest stage times as opposed to Horsey's four (notwithstanding he restarting under SupeRally rules), and both because Horsey was a 'Wildcard' entry in the series and did not qualify for the Shoot-Out through the usual means. The FIA states that the awards are given according to their discretion. No change is expected... n The Spanish championship Rallye Villa de Llanes has been won by Alberto Hevia's Skoda Fabia S2000 ahead of Miguel Fuster's Porsche GT3 and Enrique Ojeda's Impreza. n Katsuta has now won four consecutive asphalt rallies in Japan, but Nutahara still leads the All-Japan series. The Shinshiro Rally is based at the home of the Yokohama factory but Dunlop users dominated the event! n Aaron Burkart who finished second in the 2008 FIA Junior World Championship has a prize drive from Citroen in a C4WRC on the forthcoming Rally GB. n The Ford Fiesta R2 which made its debut appearance in competition in Turkey earlier this summer will make its WRC debut in Catalunya. Six of these cars have been entered. n Both Citroen with their 1.6 litre DS3 and Fiat with their 1.4 litre Abarth 500 have announced they intend to homologate their cars under the FIA Class R3T category for turbocharged cars. At the moment the only car homologated in this category is the Peugeot 207 RC Rallye. SPECIAL StAGES PEC StAG S EC AG E A tA A PE t P S S St SP SP S S S FORD has completed a mammoth series of tests in the lead-up to this weekend's crucial Catalunya Rally. All-up, Ford drivers completed nearly 1500kms of testing. Test driver, and former rally star Markko Martin completed the first two days of running in the Focus, before handing over to regulars Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala Prior to the test, Hirvonen had undertaken some tuition from renowned circuit-racing coach Rob Wilson, while Latvala received instruction asphalt driving experts; Hirvonen drove with former European Touring Car champion Rob Wilson in Britain while Latvala was given a guiding hand from ex-Finnish touring car champion Olli Haapalainen. Hirvonen has used Wilson on previous occasions leading into asphalt rallies but this year, Catalunya becomes even more critical. Hirvonen takes a five-point lead into the Catalunya Rally, hoping to break a three-year sequence of Citroen 1-2 results and four wins on the trot by Sebastien Loeb. no stone unturned LESS than six months after the project was announced, Matthew Wilson has started testing the M-Sport Fiesta S2000. Our images show the car undergoing initial system tests in Cumbria, under the control of M-Sport Technical Director Christian Loriaux. There is a tight development period, with the car due to be homologated in January 2010 and examples ready for customers immediately. Currently the number two car is under construction. The car is aimed at customers who wish to compete in the WRC World Cup, IRC or national championships in 2010, while the official Ford competition programme is centred on World Rally Car activities through the year. No detailed work on converting this car into the 2011-version World Rally Car have begun No decisions have yet been made as to when the car will first appear in competition. M-Sport's Fiesta S2000 runs 16