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Message from the remarkably determined young WRC3 British Fiesta R2 driver, Louise Cook (above), who started Rallye Deutschland after considerable efforts: “Thank you so much to everyone that crowdfunded for Rally Germany. We also had 2 last minute sponsors come onboard, Be Wiser Insurance and NGK. "We have been sleeping in the car for the last four nights to help afford the other rally needs, it’s all ok, we are here.” World championship points were assured if she qualified as a finisher, as there were only three WRC3 competitors. = = = = The legendary Finnish rally journalist, Peter Geitel (pictured below), died on August 18 after a long illness. He was notable not only as the Editor of his country’s monthly magazine Vauhdin Maailma (becoming Editor in 1978 and holding that post until 2007) and later as host of a TV program ”Kaara”, but also for his prowess as one of Finland’s finest non-professional rally drivers. He came from a long time motor sporting family. His understanding of the sport as an active competitor gave his readers a remarkable comprehension of rallying at a time when Finnish rally drivers were particularly successful in the WRC. He drove for the national Datsun/Nissan and Mazda teams and finished tenth on the WRC 1980 1000 Lakes Rally. One colleague said he was fondly known for his very intelligent sense of humour and dedication to his work. An English colleague with whom he had rallied said: “Finnish rallying has lost an incredible ambassador. It is said that a Finn for a friend is a friend for life, and no more so than our friend ‘Petsku’." = = = = After the shambles in Shakedown when straw from broken chicane bales littered the track and plastic wrapping was ingested by Ostberg’s rally car, Ogier spoke about the German straw bales system before the start. “I think I’m fine with it, because it makes it as consistent as possible for everyone. Without them there would be huge cuts everywhere and it would be a big advantage to start at the front. "However, I would like there to be something around them that holds them in place better. Now, if your car touches a bale, the plastic wrapping breaks and straw goes all over the road, making quite a mess. That’s the only thing I don’t like about straw bales.”
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