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GP Week : Issue 72
GARRY Connelly, Director of Rally Australia and Chairman of the organising committee, has resigned his positions. He was the founder of the Rally Australia, very popular events which were run for 19 years in Western Australia and which was reformed in 2009 in New South Wales. This was a planned rather than a political move.: "I had always intended to stand down after the first event on the East Coast", Garry confirmed. His work in motorsport, both for the event and at the national federation, earned him his country's AM decoration. Connelly continues to be a member of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council, promoting the interests of CAMS (the Australia federation) and Australian motor sport in general. Meanwhile there are changes in the WMSC itself. Among those absent from the current line up of the sport's decision makers are rally people Jacek Bartos from Poland, who works as the Safety Delegate for the world championship, and Derek Ledger ,who has been central to the running of the Middle East Rally Championship. Changes at the top SEBASTIEN Loeb and Daniel Elena were in jovial mood when recently interviewed on Czech television by popular celebrity presenter Marek Eben: Loeb emphasized that the WRC needs new brands but with the decision to run turbocharged cars from the start of 2011 he was happy. As to Sebastien's wife, Severine, with whom he will make his annual rally appearance together at the Rallye du Var in December, Sebastien said she was very useful. She apparently handles his mail and saves him two days' work after every rally. But as a co-driver, she comes into her own -- she has the advantage over Daniel because she is lighter! Sebastien explained the most physically demanding aspect of rallying was strengthening the neck. Fitness for gymnastics is not the complete preparation for rallying, because rallying is also very hard on your backbone. When Sebastien was asked if he could ever be a co-driver he said yes, but Daniel disagreed.: "No. Sebastien always has to be in control for himself...!" Daniel of course is already an occasional rally driver in his own right ... One of the special demands, particularly for co-drivers, is that you need to be able to survive without a lot of sleep. Sebastien: "I can manage on five hours every night." Elena: "Recce time is the worst. You drive maybe 500km and get back to your hotel in time for something to eat at 2200, then I have 3-4 hours of work re-writing pacenotes ..." And on en even lighter note, what for Sebastien is the best vehicle he has driven? "A tank. For the first time I was not worried about hitting a tree!" And Daniel finally confirmed what the whole world suspected; that Sebastien is not completely perfect: "Whatever he does, he is always late ..." He's not perfect? Really? Loeb's achilles heel revealed! WRC news >> 19