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GP Week : Issue 126
n Adapta, the Ostberg WRC team, have announced they will miss Rally Australia, and concentrate on the other five events in the series. n British Subaru driver David Higgins (below) has scored his third major US rally championship title. After his SCCA titles in 2002 and 2003, he clinched the 2011 Rally America title when he finished second at the New England Forest Rally, won by their closest rival Antoine l’Estage (Mitsubishi). n WRC -registered team driver Federico Villagra misses Finland this weekend, as this event lies between two important rounds of his national Argentine series, the Misiones Rally at Apostoles and the Vuelta de la Manzana (round the ‘Apple Tree’) in Rio Negro. He won the wet and muddy Apostoles ‘Yerba Mate’ Rally (named after the local beverage) in his Ford Fiesta ahead of VW Gol Trend driver Gabriel Pozzo, both at the wheel of Maxi Rally formula cars. Villagra is currently leading the series. This event also qualified as the third round of the FIA Codasur championship, in which championship leader Victor Rempel finished third overall. n Norwegian Valter Jensen’s Lancia 037 heads the 83-car entry for the Lahti Historic Rally which runs contemporaneously with the NORF. While the Dutch federation’s Talent First team member Timo van der Marel contests NORF as a WRC Academy driver, his father Jan is to drive a Porsche Carrera RS in the Historic event. Jan was seven times national Dutch champion. ENTRY details have been released for Rallye Deutschland, the first of three WRC rallies being run on asphalt stages this year (19-21 August). 86 crews have entered, including sixteen of the 18 WRC Academy drivers in Fiesta R2 cars. 20 World Rally Cars are on the list, including the first appearance this season in the WRC for the 2010 JWRC champion Aaron Burkart, entered by Stobart in a Fiesta, and an un-named entry from the French Federation FFSA for a Mini John Cooper Works. Nine Fiestas, six Minis and five Citroen World Rally Cars are entered, but no Class 1 1.6 turbo Super 2000 cars. After driving a Mini S2000 in Sardinia, Patrik Flodin is now entered in a WRC version. The rally counts for the SWRC as well as the WRC Academy, with two ‘Guest’ drivers. SWRC Guest Felix Herbold drives a Fiesta S2, while Academy Guest Sepp Wiegand drives in place of Christian Riedemann, who is entered on this event in one of the two VW young-driver team Skoda Fabia S2000s. In the second young-driver VW car is the Dutch driver Hans Weijs Junior. Unusually two Diesel cars (an Opel and a SEAT) have been entered M-SPORT will launch their new hospitality unit at NORF, having invited fans to report back to base when they spotted the equipment being transpor ted across Europe. The Ford team are also emulating the promotional ideas of Citroen in painting their rally car roofs with different designs. Citroen have been doing this all season, using a design which relates to the country involved (see Argentina, above). Ford have chosen a set of designs, just for this event, based on food (right) ... Masterchef hits WRC? Tarmac drivers named for Deutschland Photo: Halac Photo: Lars Gange 18