Citroën’s Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena maintained their command of the WRC championship with another flawless drive during the Brother Rally of New Zealnd over the weekend. Despite a tussle with teammates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen, there was no doubt that the French duo were once again unbeatable – marking a record 72nd victory for Loeb.
Sebastien Loeb and the Citroën World Rally Team further established their hold on the current WRC season with a maximum points haul at the sixth round, the Acropolis Rally in Greece, by tradition one of the toughest events of the year.
Frenchman Sebastien Ogier, the World Rally Championship’s up and coming star, took his first WRC victory in Portugal this weekend, after he battled it out with defending champion and compatriot Sebastien Loeb and came out 8 seconds ahead of the reigning ace.
Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Miikka Anttila kept their cool while the other front runners in the fifth round of this year’s World Rally Championship in New Zealand made costly mistakes all weekend, securing victory for the Finnish duo and setting a record 75 world championship wins for the Ford team.
At the opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park in Uitenhage yesterday, Volkswagen of South Africa announced the commencement of a major worldwide right-hand drive export contract for the all-new Volkswagen Polo.
This weekend’s A1GP event in Gauteng might have ended in disappointment for Team South Africa, but the action-packed feature race at Kyalami saw the Swiss team steal the march on their Irish rivals with just two rounds left in the championship.
Amidst the global economic decline, two more Japanese manufacturers have pulled out of major motorsport programmes following Honda’s F1 withdrawal earlier this month; Suzuki and Subaru have announced that they would no longer compete for the World Rally Championship after the ’08 season.
Round three of this season’s A1GP, at Sepang in Malaysia, left no doubt as to Ireland’s newfound dominance of the world cup of motorsport – as Ireland took pole position and victory for the Feature race, copying a similar performance by Switzerland during the earlier Sprint.