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GP Week : Issue 169
RALLY >>> NEWS Four 01Bs for Alsace No fewer than four new-generation 01B Mini John Cooper Works WRC cars are to start in Rallye de France Alsace, including one not rallied before, together with two older generation 01A version cars. Never before has more than one 01B been seen on the same event! Dani Sordo drives Prodrive’s newest car, chassis 33, which was first used in Germany, while Yvan Muller drives chassis 3, Prodrive’s long time test car which was damaged in Kris Meeke’s testing crash in Finland last year, now rebuilt to 01B specification. It has not actually been rallied before. Mini Portugal team driver Chris Atkinson drives chassis 21, Sordo’s earlier 2012 car. The French entries (for Dumas and Stephane Consani) will be the original Padrona team cars, one in 01B and one in 01A spec, while Nobre continues to drive his 01A car. The Tour de Corse Historique, held at the old venue for the Rally de France, will be held on the same dates as the Rallye de France itself, the French round of the WRC, nowadays held at its new venue in the Alsace region. Nearly 300 crews have entered this event, the star act being the reappearance of 70 year-old Jean Claude Andruet and co-driver ‘Biche’, second last year, the crew who won the event 40 years ago in a Renault Alpine, then two years later in a Lancia Stratos (above). Last year’s winner, long time racing driver Phillipe Gache, starts at number one. 26 year old Irish driver Keith Cronin has won the British Rally Championship, this year run exclusively for two-wheel drive cars, for the third time in four years, cruising to third place on the final round, the International Yorkshire Rally. Of the 12 registered drivers entered on the event, no fewer than four were still able to clinch the title, with Cronin easily the favourite. Citroen DS3 3T cars took the top four places, and ahead of Cronin on the event were two Welsh drivers, Tom Cave and Osian Pryce. They finished exactly equal on time, to the tenth of a second, and tie-deciding rules were used to give the event victory to Cave. For this purpose the times on the opening stage were used, in which Cave beat Pryce by 0.1 second! Of the 12 cars, six were Citroen R3 cars and the other six were R2s, five Fiestas and one Skoda. It was the Skoda of Pirelli prize-winning driver Jukka Korhonen who won the category, despite a half minute delay off the road on the first stage. Cave won five of the six stages: on Stage 5 he lost time when he hit a bank, allowing Pryce to lead the event by 8.8 seconds – a margin which Cave then took back on the final stage. The Trackrod Rally weekend featured various other events, notably a historic rally won by local driver Steve Bannister in a Mark 2 Escort. It was in this type of car that Bannister won the event outright three times in the ‘80s. Veteran Bulgarian driver Dimitar Iliev has fended off younger rivals to win the first IRC Rally to be held in his country. Run on asphalt stages in hot conditions, on which a lot of gravel was lying in the hills north of Sliven, Iliev initially faced opposition from local Mitsubishi drivers using biofuel. These included Plamen Staykov, winner of the preceding national event, who was leading the event over-all for three stages despite running one car from last. He then went off the road and damage led to his retirement, leaving Iliev ahead. Fellow Mitsubishi driver Ignat Isaev finished third overall despite running last car on the road. Top two-wheel drive car was Todor Slalov’s Renault Clio ahead of Robert Consani’s Megane N4 while Harry Hunt slid off the road on Day 1 then crashed sideways into a tree on day 2, hospitalising co-driver Robbie Durant with a back injury. Iliev’s closest anticipated challenger was Krum Donchev who lost time on Day 1 with a puncture. 21 year-old Finnish driver Esapekka Lappi, whose speed on the recent WRC Neste Oil Rally Finland in a Ford amazed regular S2000 championship drivers before he was delayed, was given a factory Skoda to contest the Polish ERC Rally – and won outright. Until he eased his speed near the end he had only been beaten on one stage, by Michal Kosciuszko who later retired when he went off the road. All through Day 1 Kosciuszko pressured Lappi,, but when he stopped Lappi had a comfortable lead over Michal Solowow, who was then slowed with rear differential trouble with his Fiesta RRC turbo car. Rajd Polski: a star is born Bulgarians dominate Sliven Cronin's encore Image: Szymanek 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: