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GP Week : 13-Oct-2009
FRENCHMAN Bryan Bouffier won the Polish Rally Championship from the sidelines. The final round of the series was the Dolnoslaski Rally held at Klodsko. At the start of the event three drivers were able to take the title: Bouffier, Polish drivers Tomas Kuchar and Leszek Kuzaj. Kuchar retired with engine failure and Kuzaj went off the road, a curious story in which he won the stage and then went off the road after the flying finish! This left only Bouffier, but then on the final stage Bouffier also stopped with mechanical trouble and ended the season equal on championship points with Kuchar. Tie-deciding rules said that the worst score should then be discarded and this gave the title to Bouffier. This was Bouffier's third successive title. The event, incidentally, was won by Kajetan Kajetanowicz in a Subaru. Polish rallying honour now rests with Michal Solowow's European Rally Championship challenge. A WEEKEND OF TITLE DECIDERS MATS Jonsson has won his 15th national title at the Katrineholm Rally in his old Escort WRC. The Group N title was won by one point by Jocke Nyman from PG Andersson, even though PG won the event over-all with a Mitsubishi. This was Andersson's fourth outright win this year, but he lost out on his title chances because he missed the first event. Jonsson locks in Swedish title Frenchman beats the Poles again WINNING European 2010 Pirelli Star Driver Ott Tanak, from Estonia, the protege of former Ford WRC driver Marko Martin, has now retained his national championship title at the final round of the series, the Sarenmaa Rally. Tanak drove his Group N Subaru Impreza in second place, beaten only by Georg Gross in a Ford Focus World Rally Car. And in Estonia ... Winner was the Italian driver Marco Tempestini in a Peugeot 207 Super 2000 from the Munaretto team. Best two-wheel-drive finisher was Igor Storchak in a Fiesta ST. The championship had been won at a previous event by Swedish driver Patrik Flodin. Favourite Alexander Zheludov was an early leader in his Subaru but retired after a fire. His victory meant that Tempestini has won the FIA's Eastern European zone rally cup. Of the six rounds of the Russian series, five have been won and two of the four championship categories by drivers from foreign countries. Championship category winners were Flodin, Dmitry Bragin (Lada 1119), Igor Storchak and Koitla from Estonia in a Honda. Russian crown already Flodin's EUGENE Donnelly's second place on the Cork 20 Rally brought him his fifth Irish Tarmac championship title, a feat which equals the record of Austin MacHale and one short of the six titles for the later Bertie Fisher. It was only a year go that Donnelly announced his retirement from rallying ... And finally, Ireland The penultimate round of the European Rally Championship is run this coming weekend. This is the Rallye Antibes Cote d'Azur, which uses some stages made popular on Rallye Monte Carlo, and the series could be settled here. The event will start at 1900 on Friday evening with a single stage on the seafront at Antibes, before two full days in the Alpes Maritimes. The Antibes will finish with two daylight stages down the Col du Turini. Abarth works driver Giandomenico Basso starts number one and has a nine- point lead over Michal Solowow with Corrado Fontana as a outsider still in the running. Antonin Tlustak will clinch the 2WD title with his Citroen C2 S1600 as his only rival Todor Slavov has not entered. The final round of the series is the Rallye du Valais in Switzerland two weeks later. Cote d'Azur to decide Euro series Giandomenico Basso starts number one and has a nine-point lead WRC news >> 17