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GP Week : Issue 71
ORGANISERS of the Rally Taormina- Messina (13-14 November) in Sicily, have announced that Formula One driver Robert Kubica has been entered in a Renault Clio R3, in readiness for another appearance in France at the Rallye du Var at the end of November. The Messina event run on the east coast of Sicily was postponed some weeks ago on account of tragic landslides in the region. At th same time, Sebastien Loeb confirmed at the Stilo presentation last week that he will be driving a C4 WRC at the French championship Rallye du Var with his wife Severine as co-driver. Last year he finished in third place on this event in a two wheel drive C2 Super 1600. Kubica, Loeb confirm end-of-year one-offs CITROEN Racing has embarked on a recent heavy programme of testing for the front-wheel-drive DS3 R3T, with various drivers including Kris Meeke and Bryan Bouffier at various venues in France. This latest model from Citroen is powered by the same 1.6 litre turbocharged engine as the Peugeot 207 RC Rallye, which first appeared in competition as a one- make challenge car in France, and then internationally in IRC event started with Azores. In one of those cars Denis Millet won the 2WD category of the IRC. The DS3 is already confirmed to be the base for Citroen's next generation World Rally Car. A Citroen Racing spokesman said that these were still very early days in DS3's competition life: "It is not planned to homologate the R3T until the second half of 2010 and for the cars finally to be ready for competition use by the end of next year." Like Ford, work on Citroen's next generation World Rally Car is currently at a standstill waiting for the finalisation of the 2011 WRC rules, due to be issued by the FIA at the December World Motor Sport Council meeting. Serious testing is not due to start until early in 2010 and again the car will not be rally-ready until the end of 2010. Citroen is clearly planning a double-whammy -- two new types of competition car coming simultaneously. Citroen looks ahead WRC news >> 17