FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Date 30 Nov/3 Dec 2006
Event Type Rally (Cars)
Location Wales Rally GB, Cardiff
Country United Kingdom
Web Site http://www.walesrallygb.com
Contact Tel : 01753 765000
Notes EVENT: 62nd Wales Rally GB
WCR round 16/16, JWRC round 9/9
DATE: 1-3 December 2006

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All times given in local time; local time is GMT.
Sunrise 0756; Sunset 1607.

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WHAT`S NEW IN BRITAIN IN 2006

:: :: Reverting to the final round in the championship means that the rally now runs in shorter daylight hours. Various route changes were necessary on this account.
:: :: This is the first time that the FIA World Rally Championship has stretched into December since the Olympus Rally in 1986.
:: :: Two stretches of route have been specially constructed for the rally. One is a quarter-mile stretch on the Eppynt (or Epynt) ranges and includes a jump (called "Paras` Jump"); the other is in Trawscoed Forest (stages 15 and 17) and avoids the rally passing close to private property.
:: :: Although special permission had been granted by the FIA to expand the entry to 150 cars, the number of accepted entries ended up at 118, the largest entry since Finland 2001.
:: :: Once again the Millennium special stage, run virtually all inside the stadium, is the shortest stage in the World Rally Championship.
:: :: In memory of the two great British rally competitors who have died in the past year, there will be special awards in the names of Richard Burns and Michael Park, for the highest-placed young British amateur drivers and co-drivers.
:: :: The rally also counts as the final qualifying round of the British `open` series for the first time since 1979. For this event, competitors must use FIA control fuel, rather than the control fuel of the championship sponsor Tesco 99 Octane or competition fuel required on other championship rounds. In addition, it is the final round of the Mitsubishi Evolution Challenge and the Ford Fiesta Sporting Trophy International.
:: :: ATTENTION. Stage 13 (the Cardiff publicity stage) will be interrupted after the championship cars have passed, so that spectators can be given an hour-long non-rally celebrity entertainment and stunt display. As cars will already be progressively delayed so that crews running at one-minute intervals can start running at two-minute gaps for this stage, the total delay will accumulate with every passing car until it is almost three hours long for the final runners. While they wait, competitors will be allowed to enter the Stadium to watch the proceedings.
:: :: ATTENTION. Even ISC (FIA) Permanent Pass Holders will not be admitted to stage 13, unless they first obtain a complimentary ticket from the media accreditation office before the stage is run. They will then be allocated a row and seat number. Special arrangements are being made for photographers.

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TYRE SPECIFICS

:: Number of tyre changes: 7.
:: Number of different tread patterns allowed: 1.
:: Number of tyres which can be used during the event (including Shakedown): 40.
:: Number of tyres which can be nominated for use on the event: 70.
:: Maximum stage distance to be covered on same set of tyres: 69.74km (stages 1-3 and 4-6).

The fast South Wales forest stages, with their enjoyably sweeping roads, are the venue for the final round of the 2006 FIA World Rally Championship. After the last two years, when the rally was held earlier in the autumn, this year the event changes to a new date in December; the weather will be quite different, expected to be cold with a high possibility of rain. For this reason, Pirelli has prepared tyres with a KP tread pattern, featuring super-soft compounds specially developed for this event. The cars to be equipped with Pirelli tyres are the two Subarus of Petter Solberg and Chris Atkinson, a Ford Focus WRC`05 driven by the British champion Mark Higgins, and three Group N Subarus driven by Patrik Flodin, Oscar Svedlund and Anton Alen.

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EVENT SPECIFICS

Route

:: Total distance: 1206.67km.
:: Number of stages: 17.
:: Number of different stage venues: 9.
:: Maximum number of times same stage roads are used: twice (except stage 13).
:: Stage distance: 355.92km.
:: Stage surfaces: gravel (except stage 13, which is run on a hard surface within the Millennium Stadium).
:: Longest stage: 28.89km (stages 14/16).
:: Highest elevation on stage: 600 metres (on stages 2/5).
:: Permanent Service Park: Swansea Service Park (at Felindre, 5km north of the town, 72km west of Cardiff).
:: Shakedown Stage: 3.90km long at Penllergaer Forest, 4km west of the Service Park.
:: Ceremonial Start: 1930 Thursday, outside Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
:: Official Start: 0830 Friday, from the Service Park.
:: Publicity stage: 1706 Saturday, in the Millennium Stadium (stage 13).
:: Stages in darkness: two (note that stage 13 is run under floodlights and stage 14 starts just before sunrise).

Restart times:
:: Friday (6 stages, 139.62km) at 0830.
:: Saturday (7 stages, 104.30km) at 0720.
:: Sunday (4 stages, 112.00km) at 0640.
:: Finish: at 1541 inside the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

Anticipated times of rally leading car at end of last stage:
:: Thursday: no stages.
:: Friday: 1600.
:: Saturday: 1740.
:: Sunday: 1330.

Administration
(telephone country code +44)

:: Rally Headquarters:
Wales Rally GB
Motor Sports House,
Riverside Park,
Colnbrook,
Bucks SL3 0HG
GREAT BRITAIN
Tel: (01753) 765100
Fax: (01753) 765106
Email: rallygb@msaevents.co.uk

:: Rally Headquarters (during event from Monday 27 November):
Millennium Stadium,
Westgate Street,
Cardiff,
South Wales CF10 1NS
Tel: (029) 2066 5195
Fax: (029) 2066 4119

:: Press Office:
John Horton
Wales Rally GB
PO Box 200
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands B75 7TR
GREAT BRITAIN
Tel: (0121) 378 2828
Email: wrgb@jhmm.co.uk

:: Press Office (during event):
Millennium Stadium (as above)
Tel: (029) 2066 5296
Fax: (029) 2066 6899
E-mail: wrgb@jhmm.co.uk

Overnight Parcs Fermes: Felindre Service Park.
Event linking for M1 crews: engines used here must also have been in Japan.

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TEAM NEWS

KRONOS TOTAL CITROEN WORLD RALLY TEAM (M1)
It is expected that Kronos will field a two-car team, for Pons and Sordo, but the final decision was still pending when this bulletin went to press. Expected to be the final official entry for the Xsara WRC.

BP-FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM (M1)
BP-Ford`s title-winning run in New Zealand has given number two driver Hirvonen a chance to show his real pace. Ford hope for a return to winning ways in Great Britain. They have won this event ten times in the past, the most successful manufacturer since the event`s inception, including eight consecutive years in the 1970s, but not since.

SUBARU WORLD RALLY TEAM (M1)
Two-car entry this time, with Solberg and Atkinson driving the cars which they last used in Japan. Subaru currently have nine wins on this event, so could equal Ford`s winning record here this year.

OMV PEUGEOT NORWAY (M2)
Two successive podium finishes for Stohl sets fair hopes for the final event in the team`s programme.

STOBART VK M-SPORT FORD RALLY TEAM (M2)
First European event in which this team has run 2006 version cars for their two championship nominated drivers, Wilson and Latvala, while Mikkelsen runs an 2004 version car. The total age of the three Stobart-entered WRCar drivers is less than 60 years (Mikkelsen is only 17 years old). The team`s joint patron Steve Perez has independently loaned his personal Ford Focus WRCar to British champion Mark Higgins to drive on this event.

RED BULL SKODA TEAM (M2)
Congratulations to the joint team proprietor Raimund Baumschlager. In his private life, he has again clinched the Austrian Rally Championship title!

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CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS

2006 WCR/WCD News
:: :: The last time the British round of the World Rally Championship also counted as a round of the British Championship was in 1979.
:: :: BP-Ford clinched the FIA`s Manufacturers` championship in New Zealand and Nasser Al-Attiyah`s team QMMF won the Production Car title.

2006 Junior World Championship News
:: :: The appeal against the post-Turkey Rally exclusion will be heard on Monday 27 November. On this depends whether the JWRC title was in fact settled in Turkey or will be here.
:: :: There was a long debate whether Jaan Molder would rally a Fiesta or a Suzuki. Irrespective of the outcome of the Andersson affair, the race is on to decide the Rookie champion. Two contenders are left: Barry Clark and Andrea Cortinovis. Whoever beats the other will be champion.
:: :: Some changes to the usual line-up: Rookie contender Kalle Pinomaki, who competes under the team name Clio Junior Team, has passed his entry to Estonian driver Egon Kaur, a protege of Markko Martin. The British federation has nominated two drivers as Guest entries in the JWRC category: James Wozencroft in a Suzuki Ignis Super 1600 and Tom Walster in a Fiesta ST Group N.

Non Championship Entry News
:: :: Welcome return to the world championship scene, for the first time since Wales Rally GB in 2005, for 2004 PCWRC world champion Niall McShea. He will be seen in a Stobart team Group N Subaru Impreza, the championship-winning car driven this year by Mark Higgins.
:: :: The FIA will grant homologation of the Toyota Corolla S2000. Alister McRae plans to make the world championship debut for this car. This will make Toyota the second manufacturer to have a Super 2000 car homologated.
:: :: Other champions are to be found down the field. At number 110 is Alex Bettega, son of the late Attilio, winner of the inaugural Ford Fiesta International Sporting Trophy.

End of Season Ideas
:: :: On 11 December, the latest Pirelli World Rallying annual book (number 29) is published by Martin Holmes Rallying with ISBN number 0-9545433-3-5. This book continues the annual tradition of giving information about rallying on world and national championship level within days of the end of the final round of the FIA World Championship. Price in Britain is £24.95; it is also on sale nationally in about 40 different countries.
:: :: Another wonderful souvenir already published is the book "Epynt" by Leonard and Griffin, a splendid tome about motor sport activities on the mid-Wales Army ranges (also used by the Wales Rally GB) over the past 50-odd years. Full of endless and remarkable anecdotes.

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2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR & RESULTS

Event - date. . . website. . . Overall winner; PCWRC/Group N winner; JWRC/Super 1600 winner.

01 - MC - 20-22 Jan (PC1). . . http://www.acm.mc. . . Gronholm (Ford); Nutahara (Mitsubishi); Prokop (Citroen).

02 - S - 3-5 Feb (J1). . . http://www.swedishrally.com. . . Gronholm (Ford); Hanninen (Mitsubishi); Andersson (Suzuki).

03 - MEX - 3-5 Mar (PC2). . . http://www.rallymexico.com. . . Loeb (Citroen); Arai (Subaru); no starters.

04 - E - 24-26 Mar (J2). . . http://www.rallyracc.com. . . Loeb (Citroen); Svedlund (Subaru); Prokop (Citroen).

05 - F - 7-9 Apr (J3). . . http://www.rallyedefrance.com. . . Loeb (Citroen); Valliccioni (Mitsubishi); Tirabassi (Citroen).

06 - RA - 28-30 Apr (J4+PC3). . . http://www.rallyargentina.com. . . Loeb (Citroen); Al-Attiyah (Subaru) / Villagra (Mitsubishi); Wilks (Suzuki).

07 - I - 19-21 May (J5). . . http://www.rallyitaliasardegna.com. . . Loeb (Citroen); Hanninen (Mitsubishi); Sandell (Renault).

08 - GR - 2-4 Jun (PC4). . . http://www.acropolisrally.gr. . . Gronholm (Ford); Al-Attiyah (Subaru); Koscouszko (Suzuki).

09 - D - 11-13 Aug (J6). . . http://www.omv-adac-rallye.de. . . Loeb (Citroen); Gassner (Mitsubishi); Meeke (Citroen).

10 - FIN - 17-20 Aug (J7). . . http://www.nesteoilrallyfinland.fi. . . Gronholm (Ford); Alen (Subaru); Wilks (Suzuki).

11 - J - 1-3 Sep (PC5). . . http://www.rallyjapan.jp. . . Loeb (Citroen); Nutahara (Mitsubishi); Awazuhara (Suzuki).

12 - CY - 22-24 Sept (PC6). . . http://www.cyprusrally.org.cy. . . Loeb (Citroen); Nutahara (Mitsubishi); no starters.

13 - TR - 13-15 Oct (J. . . http://www.wrcturkey.com. . . Gronholm (Ford); Shapovalov (Mitsubishi); Aava (Suzuki).

14 - AUS - 27-29 Oct (PC7). . . http://www.rallyaustralia.com. . . Hirvonen (Ford); Latvala (Subaru); no starters.

15 - NZ - 17-19 Nov (PC8). . . http://www.rallynz.org.nz. . . Gronholm (Ford); Latvala (Subaru); no starters.

16 - GB - 1-3 Dec (J9). . . http://www.walesrallygb.com

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Current championship standings
:: WCR (after round 15 New Zealand): BP-Ford WRT 185, Kronos Total Citroen WRT 160, Subaru WRT 97, OMV Peugeot Norway WRT 80, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford RT 39, Skoda 23. [BP-Ford WRT is Champion].
:: WCD (after round 15 New Zealand): Loeb 112, Gronholm 101, Hirvonen 65, Sordo 47, Stohl 46, P.Solberg 34, Pons 28, H.Solberg 25, etc. [Loeb is Champion].
:: JWRC (after round 8 Turkey): Aava 30, Andersson 29, Sandell 28, Wilks 26, Rautenbach 25, etc.

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EVENT HISTORY

Recent winners
2005 - Petter Solberg/Philip Mills, Subaru Impreza WRC (107.52kph).
2004 - Petter Solberg/Philip Mills, Subaru Impreza WRC (106.18kph).
2003 - Petter Solberg/Philip Mills, Subaru Impreza WRC (108.19kph).
2002 - Petter Solberg/Philip Mills, Subaru Impreza WRC (104.68kph).
2001 - Marcus Gronholm/Timo Rautiainen, Peugeot 206 WRC (104.42kph).
2000 - Richard Burns/Robert Reid, Subaru Impreza WRC (102.44kph).
1999 - Richard Burns/Robert Reid, Subaru Impreza WRC (99.97kph).
1998 - Richard Burns/Robert Reid, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (98.98kph).

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ENTRY DETAILS

118 entries have been accepted, including seven Priority 2 entries. A total of 20 drivers are to be in World Rally Cars. There are 18 entries in the Junior World Rally Championship, including two Guest entries.

Leading entries and records of drivers at this event in the last six years.
Code: Select all
No: DRIVER (NAT)         BIRTH    1st WCR   WCR   00 01 02 03 04 05
                                        EVENTS/WINS

KRONOS TOTAL CITROEN WRT (M1)
1: To be announced.
2: Daniel Sordo (E)        2.05.83    2003   27/0     - - - - - -

BP-FORD WRT (M1)
3: Marcus Gronholm (FIN)    5.02.68   1989   133/24   2  1  R  R  R  W
4: Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)    31.07.80   2002   54/1     -  -  R  R  7  -

SUBARU WRT (M1)
5: Petter Solberg (N)      18.11.74   1998   107/13   R  R  1  1  1  1
6: Chris Atkinson (AUS)    30.11.79   2004   34/0     -  -  -  -  -  38

OMV PEUGEOT NORWAY (M2)
7: Manfred Stohl (A)        7.07.72   1991   109/0    17 R  12 7  8  5
8: Henning Solberg (N)      8.01.73   1998   39/0     14 13 -  -  11 10

STOBART VK M-SPORT FORD RT (M2)
9: Matthew Wilson (GB)     29.01.87   2004   17/0      -  -  -  -  13 15
10: J-Matti Latvala (FIN)   3.04.85   2002   35/0      -  -  17 10  23 R

RED BULL SKODA TEAM (M2)
11: Harri Rovanpera (FIN)   8.04.66   1993   110+/1    10 2  7  R  6  4
12: Andreas Aigner (A)     24.09.84   2005   13/0       -  -  -  -  - 25


KKey: R = retired, W = withdrawn, -- = did not enter, + = not including F2/W2L events.

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ALERTS FOR THE FUTURE
:: :: The first two Candidate rallies to be accepted into the FIA World Rally Championship, NORWAY and PORTUGAL, are due to run early in 2007. Details of the events have been announced and can be obtained on the following websites: http://www.rallynorway.com and http://www.rallydeportugal.pt.

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This information, as well as high resolution images of rally routes and rally plate designs are available from http://www.pirellicompetizioni.com

This copyright-free information has been prepared on behalf of Pirelli Pneumatici SpA by Martin Holmes Rallying. Any request for inclusion in this service should be addressed to [url]PIRELLIinformation@googlemail.com[/url], stating the recipient`s working responsibility in world championship rallying.

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