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GP Week : Issue 167
RALLY >>> NEWS MCRAE LOSES APRC TITLE HOPE Retirement on Rally Hokkaido with engine failure due to a cracked cylinder head has cost Alister McRae the chance to retain his FIA Asia Pacific title. Hot favourite for the title remains Chris Atkinson, notwithstanding his absence from the event in Japan, with New Zealander Brian Green still with a mathematical chance of becoming champion at the final round. Atkinson’s MRF team-mate Gaurav Gill lost his title chance when his Skoda’s clutch failed on Day 2, when leading. Proton’s guest driver Juha Salo retired on the same stage after lying thrid with suspension impact damage. The rally was won by Toshi Arai on the debut appearance of the Subaru Impreza GVB model R4 car (above). In addition to the new Subaru, Toyota showed their new four-door Vitz/Yaris R1B car as course car. The European two-door R1A is due to be homologated later this year. There was a spectacular scene in the national category of the event, when five cars crashed all on the same bend. Toyota debuted its new four-door Vitz/Yaris R1B car as Course Car (right) Image: Ridder The entry list for round 11 of the 2012 World Rally Championship, Rallye de France Alsace (4-7 October), shows a strong increase in entries compared with last year, with a total of 74 against 64. This is despite a sharp drop in the number of WRC Academy drivers and the small number of entries in this year’s SWRC support championship. The list includes six Minis, all in WRC specification, two circuit racing drivers (Yvan Muller and Romain Dumas) and two young French drivers entered by Collectif Equipe de France Rallye (Stephane Consani and Sebastien Chardonnet) also in WRC cars. The French federation’s ‘collectif’ has also entered Quentin Gilbert in a Citroen DS3 R3 and Nicolas Romiguiere in a Renault Twingo R2. There are also 21 fully privateer French entries. Good news from France Peugeot has confirmed the company will launch its R5 car at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show on 27 September, the first public chance to see a car built for the FIA’s new rally car formula. The model is intended to replace the 207 Super 2000, of which more than 100 examples have been built for rally competition use. Most significant factor of the announcement concerned the engine of the R5 which is based on the 260bhp EP6 CDT engine used in Peugeot RCZ racing cup cars. The company states that they know that 280 bhp is achievable. 208 R5 project leader Bertrand Vallat said: “We are aiming for performance which is slightly higher than that of the S2000.” Peugeot to Launch R5 at Paris Salon 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: