Gronholm win under threat

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.

Winner Marcus Gronholm celebrates.
Photo by Team Peugeot.
FIA will be holding an additional scrutineering session on Wednesday, May 26 to further examine the Peugeot and Citroen water pumps. The WRC homologation rules require the water pump to be the same as on the production models, and there is some question as to the pump used on the XU7 engine, which is shared by the Peugeot 307 WRC and the Citroen Xsara WRC. Peugeot and Citroen are both part of the PSA automotive group.

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.