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GP Week : Issue 166
RALLY >>> NEWS Craig Breen’s private Fiesta S2000, one of the original batch of Ford S2000s dating back to early 2010, which was spectacularly crashed at Ouninpohja during the Neste Oil Rally Finland, has been rebuilt in four weeks ready to reappear on Wales Rally GB! 33 days after the incredible end-over-end accident on the penultimate stage of the rally, the car was given a systems check and was ready for testing for the British round of the WRC. Breen’s chief manager Tom Gahan says everything looks good for WRGB: “The car was nothing like as bad as it looked. All four wheels were pointing the right way and even the steering was straight, even if the front and back body parts were badly damaged. The car was completely stripped after the crash and the shell went back for re-jigging at M-Sport where they found the roll cage wasn’t damaged at all.” Breen Fiesta's Great Escape at BRIEFLY » 2008 FIA Production World Rally Champion Andreas Aigner is to be the latest in a very long line of works Proton drivers when he runs as teammate to PG Andersson on Rallye de France- Alsace, the penultimate round of the SWRC championship. The Austrian driver’s association with the team got off to a bad start when his test car slid off the road during tests in France and rolled down an embankment. » Veteran rally driver and politician Krzysztof Holowczyc (1997 FIA European Rally Champion) won the FIA championship Baja Poland Cross Country event in a Mini All 4 Racing. » Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica made a triumphant return to active motor sport when he won the Ronde Gomitolo di Lana mini-rally in northern Italy on Sunday, at the wheel of a ex-works 2007 Subaru Impreza World Rally Car. » Over seventy entries are due to start this weekend’s Rally Principe de Asturias, including eighteen crews eligible for the FIA’s European championship, based at Oviedo. The others are a wide mixture of Spanish special formula championship and one make championship cars. » Over 60 entries have been received for this weekend’s IRC Yalta Rally in Ukraine, including a remarkable number of Vaz (Lada) of types never seen on other FIA championship rallies. Provisional top seed is the WRC Mitsubishi driver Oleksandr Saliuk, this time at the wheel of a Mini S2000 » At the age of 50, the former Ford, Peugeot and Mitsubishi WRC works driver and Monte Carlo winner Francois Delecour is the new Romanian rally champion, at the wheel on asphalt events of a group N Renault Megane RS and gravel rounds with a Peugeot 207 S2000. NASSER MISSES LEBANON Not surprisingly, Nasser Al Attiyah did not start the Rally of Lebanon (7-9 September), third round FIA Middle Eastern Rally Championship, having been entered in a car which does not exist – a Citroen in Class 2, for Super 2000 cars. This phantom car is at the heart of negotiations between Al Attiyah’s Qatari backers and the Citroen world rally championship team. Al Attiyah wants future access to a competitive car in both the WRC and the MERC, which is possible with Ford Fiesta and Mini John Cooper Works cars but not with Citroen, as the FIA’s rules stand. Top-seeded entry on the event was the reigning champion, fellow Qatari Misfer Al Marri, one of four drivers who are joint leaders of the MERC after the first two rounds. Qatari subjects were advised by the Emirate government not to enter Lebanon at this time. Al Marri and Abdulaziz Alkuwari (Mini) however went there, but Al Attiyah and Khalid Al Suwaidi (Fiesta RRC) did not. The brothers Feghali finished a quarter hour ahead of the field, Roger winning in a Fiesta and Abdo second in a Mini, while Alkuwari’s Mini was third. One of Argentina’s most celebrated rally sportsmen Victor Hugo Zucchini has died as a result of injuries incurred in a bizarre accident on an off road event. He was best known as the WRC co-driver for the late Carlos Menem Junior competing in Group N cars round the world between 1991 and Menem’s death in a helicopter accident in 1995, then with the Paraguayan Toyota driver Marco Galanti. Zucchini later under went heart surgery but recently came back to active motorsport as a driver of cross-country cars. It was on the road section of a cross country event last Sunday in Mendoza region that his vehicle was hit by truck, and he died four days later in hospital. In 2010 he drove a Toyota Hilux on the Dakar – without a co-driver. He was a popular resident in the Rally Argentina headquarters town of Villa Carlos Paz where he was the proprietor of the Esso fuel station. Argentine star killed in off-road tragedy 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: