Weekend Rally Round-Up – July 1
Retired professional WRC photographer, Maurice Selden, is holding an exhibition of his rally work over his 45 year career at a gallery in Brecon Theatre in South Wales.
The exhibition was launched last week, hosted by rally radio presenter Howard Davies, with the Wales’ former world rally co-driver champion Phil Mills.
The exhibition is open for public attendance until August 20, free to attend.
Meanwhile, recently announced by the organisers of this year’s Wales Rally GB is that Juha Kankkunen, winner of the 1993 Network Q RAC Rally, 25 years ago, and his Welsh co-driver, Nicky Grist, are to be the promotional “Rally Legends” on this year’s rally.
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Romain Dumas’ victory in Volkswagen’s special all-electric car at the recent Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado state, USA, has raised thoughts that this form of motive power could eventually permeate into road based motorsport.
The FIA has long promised that rallying would embrace “new technology” following the use of hybrid systems in Formula 1 and the WEC, then Formula E and rallycross, as soon as technical development permits
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After the Zambia Rally, four points separate the top four drivers in the FIA African Rally Championship.
Leading is Kenyan Piero Cannobio, who has finished all three rallies so far, ahead of Gary Chaynes, Carl Tundo and Manvir Baryan, who each have won one event.
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Retirements for two favourites befell Paolo Andreucci (driveshft) and Andrea Crugnola (accident), and delay for Umberto Scandola (puncture), meant victory on the Italian championship San Marino Rally for local Skoda driver Daniele Ceccoli, beating the Fiesta of Simone Campedelli.
Fourth place was Finnish driver Eerik Pietarinen, winner of this year’s Arctic Lapland Rally, on his first event in mainland Europe.
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50 years ago this week was one of the most remarkable events in British sport, the four-day, three-night forest international Gulf London Rally, held for the second and last time, virtually non-stop except for a midway four hour rest halt.
It was the only major mainland British event for contemporary rally cars won by a Porsche, and the first British rally to carry a sponsor’s name in its official title.
The winning driver was the late Ake Andersson, who passed away earlier this year, after a long battle with his fellow Swede Ove Andersson.
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The latest list of received entries for WRC round 8 (Neste Rally Finland) show 72 entries, but includes no surprises.
The number of JWRC competitors reaches a new level – 15 – thanks to the entry of the Future Star driver Henri Hokkala.
There are two drivers from India: Gaurav Gill in the MRF Tyres development Fiesta R5, and Sanjay Takale in a Fiesta R2, but neither of Skoda’s main challengers for the WRC2 (Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecky) are on the current list.