Marcus Gronholm appeared to take a dominant victory in the Cyprus Rally this weekend, but the Finn's drive may yet end up being all for naught, as there is some question of the Peugeot and Citroen teams' technical compliance.
If the water pumps are found to not meet the rules, the Peugeot and Citroen entries will likely be disqualified, as happened to Colin McRae at the 1999 debut of the Ford Focus; the Scot was disqualified from a 3rd place finish at the Monte Carlo Rally for a water pump whose size and location did not match the production car.
Should the FIA decide to disallow the XU7 water pump, likely to be excluded from the results would be Marcus Gronholm (Peugeot, winner), Sebastien Loeb (Citroen, 3rd), Carlos Sainz (Citroen, 4th), Harri Rovanpera (Peugeot, 5th) and possibly privateer Miguel Campos (Peugeot, 10th).
Such a result would give Markko Martin the victory, with Petter Solberg and Mikko Hirvonen also elevated to the podium -- and a 12-point championship lead for Martin.
Until the scrutineering session is completed, the current results remain provisional.