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Weekend Rally Round-Up – April 15

Ott Tanak The Movie premiered in Estonia.

WRC Promoter, Oliver Ciesla, has reacted to reports that it would be better for the WRC if the French round of the WRC was run in Metropolitan France rather than the island of Corsica.

“You will not hear any negative comments from me, the organizers have made a fantastic effort, but it would be great to have this quality of event in the interior of France and not on an island,” Ciesla said.

“It would probably be the biggest rally in the world. We could attract half a million spectators, it would be exceptional.”

This comment called into question Ciesla’s personal appreciation of the value of the heritage of such classic and unique events in the sport.

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Petter Solberg (2003 World Rally Champion and later twice World Rallycross Champion) has announced he is retiring from regular competition driving.

Since his first WRC appearance in 1998 he has competed in a total of 189 WRC events, bringing special fun and excitement to the sport, notably running his long standing activities with Subaru, which ended in Bologna in 2008.

On that occasion (pictured above) he dramatically fell off the roof of his car while making a lap of honour, running after his car, which continued driverless around the course.

He gained more huge respect when he ran his own Citroen WRC team.

He continues as head of the Solberg motorsport dynasty, notably promoting the career of his young son Oliver.

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Mads Ostberg has been heading a concerted development exercise by Citroen Racing for the C3 R5 on snow, asphalt and gravel, helped by Yoann Bonato and Guillaume de Mevius, and recently at Mazamet in South France.

It is planned that Ostberg’s car will feature recently homologated stronger rear suspension wishbones in Argentina.

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Last week in Tallinn there was the premiere of a film about the career so far of the Estonian WRC driver, Ott Tanak.

The film is based on his battles with Sebastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville, as well as his move into the Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC programme.

“The purpose of the film was for everything to be recorded the way life really is. There is no acting and I wasn’t being more polite because of the camera,” said Tänak.

“As we know, my whole career hasn’t been the most boring one.”

Martin Holmes is widely considered as world rallying's most experienced, and most respected journalist. Martin covers the WRC, ERC and all major rally championships around the world.

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