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Rally Italia Sardinia shakedown preview

Supermag Rally Italia Sardinia Tomorrow shakedown, tests with rally cars and Ceremonial Start from Porto Rotondo Olbia, April 27th 2005 Rally Italia Sardinia 5th round of the World Rally Championship and 3rd round of th e Junior World...

Supermag Rally Italia Sardinia

Tomorrow shakedown, tests with rally cars and Ceremonial Start from Porto Rotondo

Olbia, April 27th 2005

Rally Italia Sardinia 5th round of the World Rally Championship and 3rd round of th e Junior World Rally Championship is ready to cast off moorings.

Tomorrow morning from 08.00 to 12.00 the shakedown and tomorrow evening the ceremonial start from Porto Rotondo. Tomorrow morning the drivers will set-up the cars on a gravel stage of 4.3 km in La Crucitta area approximately 20 km from Olbia Service Park. For drivers and cars it will be the first official contact with the Rally Italia 2005. In the evening the offical start of the competition: the cerimonial start at 20.00 from Portorotondo. After a short transfer the cars will go back to the service park in Olbia wherefrom the stage 1 will start on Friday 29th.

70 crews entered the rally and among them all the best drivers of the WRC. The drivers will start following the WRC standings, so Petter Solberg will be the first to start, with his Subaru Impreza Wrc, leading the classification, thanks to the 2 wins obtained in Sweden and in Mexico and the third place in New Zealand. Behind there is Loeb (Citroen Xsara) with just one point difference, The French driver World Rally Champions last year, won Rally New Zealand and at the beginning of the season also Rally Montecarlo. Two wins each at the eve of this rally and both drivers are favoured. Among the favourites there are also the Peugeot drivers Markko Martin and Markus Gronholm .

Peugeot is leading also the manufacturers standings. It is impossible to list all the possible winners. In the lists also Toni Gardemeister and Roman Kresta (ford Focus Wrc), and Francois Duval (Citroen Xsara Wrc), Armin Schwarz and Janne Tuohino (Skoda Fabia Wrc) as well as the Australian driver Chris Atkinson (Subaru Impreza Wrc) and the Italian driver Gigi Galli

The official Mitsubishi driver form valtellina will certainly try to show off at the world rally championship. The Junior championship for the group Super 1600 is fully open, 13 teams for four manufactures Suzuki, Citroen, Renault and Fiat. The strongest team are on Suzuki Ignis, Wilks/Andersson and Alan Scorcioni but we should definitely pay attention to Meeke on Citroen C2 and Mirco Baldacci with his co- driver Giovanni Bernacchini on the official Fiat Punto Abarth. It is hard to preview who is going to win this race also because the track is almost totally changed from last year, this will force teams and drivers to start from scratch.

In the other groups, Andrea Navarra is one of the favourites this year too on Mitsubishi Lancer group N.

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Series WRC
Teams Citroën World Rally Team