Thursday, 3 May 2007

Motorsport...WRC circles

Since our very own Safari Rally is yet to make it for the WRC circles, I feel it's fair to give a preview of other WRC events and standings so far. But I still feel WRC erred in throwing out the Safari Rally. It has never been clear and they always have flimsy reasons and postponements of readmitting the Rally.
From the start they said that a couple of things including, safety measures( management), longer term sponsors,day-time racing legs to be scheduled. They also argued that hosting the Rally in the African terrain had proved to be an expensive affair. In the last 3 years or so, I can say organisers have been sweating their bums to get most of these things in order. Introduction of Special spectator stages has been effected; KCB has come in big (kudos to them -but can somebody tell me where motorsport cross paths with Banks...that's just me !);most of the legs are now done during the day as opposed to late-night trips across the Savannah. Still WRC has said it's not to par especially with timing and officiating. My goodness...they should just let guys know the Rally ain't going back soon and that's that !

Back to the story ! Sebastien Loeb leads the standings after the Rally of Portugal. This was after Marcus Gronholm was given a five-minute penalty thus effectively making lose a podium finish. The details are as below;
Rally of Portugal result:
1. Sebastien Loeb (Fr) Citroen 3 hours 53 min 33.1
2. Petter Solberg (Nor) Subaru 3:56.47.0
3. Daniel Sordo (Sp) Citroen 3:58.38.4
4. Marcus Gronholm (Fin) Ford 3:59.10.2
5. Mikko Hirvonen (Fin) Ford 4:00.41.2
6. Daniel Carlsson (Swe) Citroen 4:01.46.3
7. Gianluigi Galli (It) Citroen 4:03.12.7
8. Jari-Matti Latvala (Fin) Ford 4:04.18.0
9. Manfred Stohl (Aut) Citroen 4:06.19.1
10. Andreas Mikkelsen (Nor) Ford 4:07.24.7

Driver Standings:
1. Loeb 38 pts
2. Gronholm 37 pts
3. Hirvonen 30 pts
4. Sordo 19 pts
5. P Solberg 16 pts

Manufacturer Standings:
1. BP-Ford 67
2. Citroen Total 59
3. Subaru 27
4. Stobart M-Sport Ford 21
5. OMV-Kronos Citroen 21
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The next round is the Rally of Argentina which started yesterday followed by the Italian Rally from 18th-20th May.

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