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GP Week : Issue 153
MINI SCORES TURBO WIN IN CORSICA Dani Sordo scored the first victory for a 1.6 litre turbo S2000 car in the IRC series when he brought a Mini John Cooper Works to an easy win in the Tour de Corse, after earlier leader Andreas Mikkelsen a collided with a telegraph pole and punctured. Initial leader Giandomenico Basso (1.6 litre Fiesta S2000) promised a strong turbo battle for the lead but retired after a first day road accident when ahead of Sordo. Mikkelsen finished fifth overall despite a second puncture, and maintains his lead in the championship. Craig Breen was sixth despite a delay on Day 1 with a broken driveshaft. Veteran driver Francois Deleour won Class 3 in a works entered front-drive Renault Megane RS, after three of these unusual cars headed their class before accidents befell the other two cars. The R3 class was by Boschetti’s Clio R3 ahead of Hunt’s DS3 R3T and Romiguiere’s works entered Renault Twingo Evo won the R2 car class. Toshi Arai finished second in the IRC Production Class in his Impreza R4 behind the similar car of Andreas Aigner. Sordo drove a customer car, the first time a Mini S2000 has competed in the uprated 01B specification. Hopes that recommendations regarding the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship calendar would emerge from last Wednesday’s World Rally Championship Commission meeting have been dashed. Despite widespread media speculation and hopes among the teams, it is now believed nothing will publicly emerge until the World Motor Sport Council meeting to be held on June 15, after five more weeks. It is still unknown how many events in the calendar are required by officials in the office of the FIA President, to what extent events currently in the championship can expect to be replaced by other events, and to what extent the FIA now prefers to distance itself in decision making processes. Last year the 2012 list of events was only substantively published on June 3. No news yet on 2013 WRC calendar 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: WRC >>> news