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GP Week : Issue 137
22 year-old Andreas Mikkelsen has won the most major event in his career, the IRC series Rally of Scotland, after a season of misfortunes. Skoda cars finished 1-2, winning the IRC Manfacturers’ award for the season, and creating a exciting prospect for the Drivers championship with six candidates for the title with one event to run. Peugeot had a poor event, rescued only by Bryan Bouffier’s third place. Earlier leader Guy Wilks lost six minutes off the road on Stage 5 then retired on the final stage with a broken wheel while Thierr y Neuville had small misfortunes and two gearbox problems, after lying second overall. Rain created unpleasant driving conditions and caused the cancellation of one stage. Both Protons retired, Alister McRae with oil pressure problems and PG Andersson with electical trouble, while Patrik Sandell stopped with suspension failure, the latter two drivers having risen as high as four th. Japanese drivers Toshi Arai and Fumio Nutahara in the Yokohama team Subaru Impreza R4 cars finished 1st and 3rd in the Production Car category, which in the IRC combines R4 as well as Class N4 cars, after the British rally champion David Bogie retired with suspension failure in his Mitsubishi Evo IX. Estonian driver Martin Kangur won the two-wheel- drive category in his Honda. The event counted for 50% extra points, and with the final round in Cyprus scoring double points, Skoda chiefs face a tricky management challenge. Their preferred driver Jan Kopecky, who finished fifth on this event, leads the series by 6 points from teammate Juho Hanninen, but close behind are Neuville, Mikkelsen, Bouffier and Freddy Loix, all of whom are in the running. Alexandre Dardoufas, 89, long time organiser of the Acropolis Rally died on 14 September. Alongside his colleagues Cesar Torres from Portugual, Guy Goutard and Bernard Consten from France, Dardoufas was one of a group of motor sport dignitaries who worked endlessly to turn the concept of the world rally championship into viable reality. Under his leadership, the Acropolis was one of the founder events in the history of the world rally championship, which began in 1973. He was in fact involved more than 20 years previously when the Acropolis Rally was being first planned in 1952. With the passing of Alexandre has come the end of a remarkable and a group of Greek enthusiasts who took their determination through their country and then into the outside world. He was voted member of FIA Executive Committee, became chairman of the Greek sporting federation ELPA in 1977 and vice- president of FIA in 1981. Rally enthusiasts in Greece recognised him as a most capable diplomat as well as a powerful personality. A leading Greek motorsport journalist Thomas Efthimiou summed it up when he said: “ we will always think of him when we watch the cars at the Acropolis Rally. Because without him, we would not be there”. Seven times world rally champion Sebastien Loeb is to be immortalised at Paris’ Musee Grevin, one of the oldest wax museums in Europe. He is to join the reproductions of around 300 of the most famous and notorious characters who have featured in French history. The Museum includes a panorama of French history from Charlemagne to Napoleon III, bloody scenes of the French Revolution and a tableau of Charlotte Corday murdering Jean-Paul Marat. This includes the actual knife and bathtub used. Sebastien said “I’m very flattered to be part of the Grevin Museum – it’s an honour.” Vale: Alexandre Dardoufas Sobering moment as Loeb gets plastered Finally Mikkelsen wins an IRC rally 44