The results of the Cyprus Rally will remain provisional until the FIA tests the legality of the water pumps on the cars of winner Marcus Gronholm, runner-up Sebastien Loeb and their team-mates.

The results of the Cyprus Rally will remain provisional until the FIA tests the legality of the water pumps on the cars of winner Marcus Gronholm, runner-up Sebastien Loeb and their team-mates.


CARtoday.com reported on Monday that Gronholm scored the Peugeot 307 WRC's maiden victory and clinched the lead of the driver's championship by winning in Cyprus. But reported last night that further checks would be made on the water pumps of the Peugeot 307 WRCs and both Citroën Xsara WRCs following initial scrutineering.


This means that Gronholm's win, Loeb's second-, Carlos Sainz's fourth and Harri Rovanpera's fifth place in doubt.


WRC cars must use standard water pumps and it is the units of the Peugeots and Citroëns - which use the same base engine - that are to be re-examined. A statement from the FIA said that the extra checks will be made on Wednesday.


The manufacturer that could gain most from any exclusion is Ford. Rallye Sport's lead driver Markko Martin finished third behind Gronholm and Loeb in Cyprus and could be named the winner of the event if both Peugeot and Citroën are excluded.


Ford ran into trouble with the legality of the water pump on its first Focus WRC. Because of that Colin McRae was disqualified from the Monte Carlo Rally in 1999 in which it made its debut.