PLANET RALLY

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Next week’s Rally Swe­den boasts a 100 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of WRC Tro­phy en­tries over round one. Two driv­ers – Va­leriy Gor­ban (Mini) and Lorenzo Bertelli (Ford Fi­esta RS WRC) – will com­pete and aim to top­ple early se­ries leader Jour­dan Serderidis, who scored a lonely vic­tory in the French Alps. The DS 3 WRC driver was the only WRC Tro­phy round one starter… Skoda Fabia R5 driver Teemu Asun­maa took a 7.7-se­cond win over Juha Salo (Peu­geot 208 T16) on a warmer-than-usual Arc­tic Rally last week­end. In­stead of the usual mi­nus 25 de­grees, tem­per­a­tures hov­ered around zero for the Fin­nish Championship opener in Ro­vaniemi… As well as sup­port­ing Ja­panese driv­ers Hiroki Arai and Takamota Kat­suta, Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing is also help­ing de­velop co-driver Sayaka Adachi this sea­son. All three con­tested the Arc­tic Rally, with Adachi fin­ish­ing fourth along­side Jarkko Nikara in a Tommi Maki­nen Rac­ing-run Subaru Im­preza. Arai and Kat­suta fin­ished 10th and 20th re­spec­tively, hav­ing parked their Markko Martin-run Ford Fi­esta R5s in snow­banks dur­ing the week­end… The FIA has ap­pointed ORECA as an of­fi­cial sup­plier of R4 kits. The kits can be adapted to all pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cles, po­ten­tially ex­pand­ing the hori­zons of the R4 cat­e­gory. Cars fit­ted with the ORECA kits will be per­mit­ted in do­mes­tic se­ries – on ap­proval from in­di­vid­ual ASNS – as well as FIA re­gional se­ries... Gus Green­smith has re­vealed the liv­ery for the Ford Fi­esta R5 he will use in this year’s WRC2 se­ries. The M-sport-run car will be seen for the first time at next week’s Rally Swe­den… Nasser Al-at­tiyah starts his pur­suit of a 13th Mid­dle East Rally Championship ti­tle at this week’s Qatar In­ter­na­tional Rally (February 3/4)…

Green­smith’s new liv­ery

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