No sooner was it confirmed that Guarav Gill was to embark on his WRC career than fellow Indian driver, Amittrajit Ghosh from Kolkata (pictured above), is to embark on a programme of European Rally Championship events. He will drive a Fiesta R2 in the ERC3 category, starting with the Acropolis Rally. He started rallying in 2006 and for the last four seasons has been a works driver with the Mahindra XUV 500 team, alongside Gill. He competed on last weekend’s Talsi Rally in Latvia, which was won by Valeriy Gorban’s Mini JCW, finishing 36th. = = = = Works Skoda driver Jan Kopecky won his third successive Czech championship rally, the Cesky Krumlov, ahead of Ford drivers Vaclav Pech and Jan Cerny. = = = = At the end of the first day, three Hyundais were in the top six at the Antibes TER and French national championship rally. Bryan Bouffier’s i20 R5 led the Citroen C3 of Yoann Bonauto. Giandoeico Basso was lying third. = = = = Vincent Verschueren won the Belgian championship Sezoens Rally with a huge two minute lead, heading a Skoda 1-2-3. = = = = David Bogie won the traditional RSAC Scottish Rally in a Skoda Fabia R5. This is one of Britain’s longest standing rallies, this year held under a new two-part format.
Teemu Suninen was reminiscing during a Rally of Portugal interview (see below). Photo: Holmes

Teemu Suninen was reminiscing during a Rally of Portugal interview (see below). Photo: Holmes

= = = = Spanish journalist Pipo López interviewed the recuperating former world champion co-driver, Luis Moya, who suffered a brain aneurysm on January 5th. Luis happily is now fighting back to health and full of his famous sharp mental powers. “My life has changed a lot. When you are on the verge of death and then you return, you appreciate many things," Moya said. "I give lectures for Volkswagen and I talk about mortality statistics. The tenth cause of death in the world are traffic accidents, the first heart, and the second cerebrovascular diseases, and I knew that by heart. "But I never thought about it. I have lived again and now I take things differently. I have learned to say no, although I still play sports twice a day, but with less intensity.” = = = = WRC Promoter Oliver Ciesla said in Portugal that there were now three countries he was hoping to bring into the WRC – India, Malaysia and Korea - and to bring back China and Japan. He did not talk about any immediate plans for Kenya, Brazil, Chile and Croatia, with whose organisers he has been in high-profile discussions. = = = = Nice quote: Teemu Suninen in Portugal: “Esapekka (Lappi) was my mechanic in 2007 in the karting. Now we are racing against each other. He had three years more experience than me and he was teaching me! Not any more!”

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