Although his future in the WRC is uncertain, Belgium’s Francois Duval captured his first world championship event with victory in the season-ending Rally of Australia on Sunday.
Peugeot’s Marcus Gronholm on Sunday dedicated his Rally Japan victory to his late team-mate, Michael “Beef” Park, who died during Rally Great Britain two weeks ago. And, by finishing second, Sébastien Loeb gave Citroën its second consecutive WRC driver’s title.
Michael “Beef” Park, the experienced co-driver to Peugeot WRC ace Markko Martin, died in an accident during the final leg of Rally Great Britain in Wales on Sunday.
Sébastien Loeb gave up a 42-second lead, and the chance to secure his second WRC title, after the accident that claimed the life of Markko Martin’s co-driver Michael Park prompted Peugeot to withdraw title rival Marcus Gronholm’s car from Rally Great Britain.
Peugeot’s double world champion, Marcus Gronholm, won his fifth Rally Finland in six years on Sunday, ending Sébastien Loeb’s six-rally winning streak with a dominant performance on home soil.
Citroën’s Sébastien Loeb mastered tricky, damp conditions to win a record-breaking sixth consecutive world championship rally in Argentina at the weekend and take a commanding lead in the title chase.
The Mitsubishi world rally team has fitted new rear suspension systems to its Lancer WRCs in a bid to challenge for a podium finish on this weekend’s Rally Argentina.
Subaru’s Petter Solberg boosted his chances of defending his 2004 Rally of Greece victory and stopping Sébastien Loeb from winning five rallies in a row by going quickest in Thursday’s shakedown session ahead of this weekend’s event.
Peugeot’s Marcus Gronholm, one of the favourites leading up to this weekend’s Rally of Turkey, was the fastest driver in Thursday’s shakedown session.
Citroën’s Sébastien Loeb clinched a third consecutive WRC victory at the weekend when he won Rally Cyprus by a whopping four minutes and 9,5 seconds.