subaru and rally : The Subaru World Rally Team will be nominating Richard Burns and PetterSolberg for the rally, with Markko Martin fielding a third factoryImpreza WRC2001.The Swedish Rally also marks the start of the FIA Teams' Cup contest for2001, and Allstars drivers Hamed Al Wahaibi and Frederic Dor are enteredin a pair of Subaru Impreza MY2001 specification cars.The Subaru World Rally Team will be running three Impreza WRC2001 carson the rally. Each of which has been specially prepared for the uniqueconditions found on the Swedish stages. Of particular note in Sweden areregulations that allow up to 20mm tungsten studs in the tyres. In theperiod since Monte Carlo the team have also identified and rectified thecause of Richard Burns and Markko Martin's electrical failures.According to Chief Engineer Christian Loriaux, conditions in Swedenrequire a complex set up: "After the Safari Rally of Kenya, Sweden isthe second fastest event in the Championship, and this, combined withthe unusual stage surfaces and freezing temperatures demand a veryspecialised set up. Very often the car preparation for a rally willinvolve fine-tuning a standard gravel or tarmac set-up, but Sweden andSafari are the two exceptions. It's a completely different set of rulesfor these two events. In Sweden the suspension has to be quite soft togenerate good grip, but firm enough to give the drivers confidence inthe stability at high speeds. The high-speed corners also make this arally where the aerodynamic devices on the car make a significantdifference. Temperatures can drop to -30 degrees Celsius, so it's alsoimportant to protect the cooling system. We will probably blank offparts of the radiator system to prevent damage from the wind chill. Thecars will be running on 16inch wheel rims fitted with studded tyres thatare just 135mmm wide to achieve a high-pressure contact patch on theroad. Finally, and just in case, regulations state that each car mustcarry two snow shovels!"
subaru and rally : Event Timetable (local times) Local time in Sweden is GMT +1hour a.. Friday February 9Serv A 0831 Torsby 12 minutesSS1 0911 Bjlverud 20.74kmSS2 0939 Lnnhjden 18.82kmSS3 1030 Bogen 12.78kmServ B 1135 Torsby 22 minutesSS4 1310 Granberget 49.36kmServ C 1457 Torsby 22 minutesSS5 1544 Torntorp 20.38kmSS6 1628 Sagfallet 26.48kmServ D 1709 Torsby 47 minutesTotal leg 1 distance 651km (competitive 148.56 km, liaison 502.44km) a.. Saturday February 10Serv E 0918 Grngesberg 10 minutesSS7 1004 Kullen 26.81kmSS8 1045 Nyhammar 1 27.79kmServ F 1155 Grngesberg 20 minutesSS9 1328 Fredriksberg 34.07kmSS10 1418 Silkesberg 15.30kmServ G 1450 Grngesberg 20 minutesSS11 1549 Nyhammer 2 27.79kmSS12 1718 Lugnet (Super Special) 2kmServ H 1855 Grngesberg 45 minutesTotal leg distance 802.65km (competitive 133.76km, liaison 668.89km) a.. Sunday February 11Serv I 0742 Hagfors 10 minutesSS13 0846 Sgen 1 14.76kmSS14 0939 Rammen 1 23.41kmServ J 1017 Hagfors 20 minutesSS15 1131 Sagen 2 14.76kmSS16 1224 Ramen 2 23.41kmServ K 1312 Hagfors 20 minutesSS17 1405 Hagfors 21.21kmServ L 1426 Hagfors 20 minutesTotal leg distance 478.81km (competitive 97.55 km, liaison 381.26km)Total event distance 1552.59km (competitive 379.87km, liaison 1932.46km)Richard Burns "I'm feeling good and positive ahead of this rally. Themechanical problem that sidelined me in Monte has been identified andsorted and this rally is one of my favourites in the Championship. It'sa very high-speed event - and I enjoy those the best. You have to adaptyour driving style quite a lot, it's not a place to be taking thingsgently, you've got to be very aggressive to get the studs grippingproperly. In Sweden I'll be concentrating on getting very accurate pacenotes as it's these that give you the confidence to throw the cararound"
subaru and rally : Petter Solberg "I haven't driven here since 1999, but I'm lookingforward to getting back on the snow again. Having spent a lot of timedriving on the snow in Norway the conditions are quite familiar to meand I think that could give me a slight advantage. There are a lot ofgood local drivers on this event - including my brother Henning! But I'mnot feeling pressured by that audience I'm just going to try and get agood solid result for the team."Markko Martin "My main objective for Sweden is to actually do somestages, I really want to be able to get some good competitive experienceof the car. Sweden is a rally I've done twice before so I know roughlywhat to expect and it's a surface that I enjoy driving on. We've hadsome good experiences testing, and using the latest development tyresfrom Pirelli. The car seems to handle very well in these conditions andthe amount of grip available in corners with the studs is amazing.Hamed Al Wahaibi "The Teams' Cup will be very competitive this year withall entrants having to compete in the same rallies - it's going to betough out there. But the experience I gained last year in my firstseason with a World Rally Car, and now with the MY2001 Impreza and withthe Allstars back-up, will put me in a good position. I believe I've gota winning combination and I'm going all out to win the Teams' Cup"
subaru and rally : Achim Mörtl signs for 555 Subaru World Rally Team.Austrian ace ready to prove potential on forthcoming asphalt rounds.The 555 Subaru World Rally Team announced today that Austrian driverAchim Mörtl will drive a Subaru Impreza WRC2002 for the team on theGerman and Italian rounds of the 2002 World Rally Championship.31-year-old Achim and his experienced German co-driver Klaus Wicha willcompete alongside regular team members Tommi Mäkinen and Petter Solberg,and will be nominated to score points for the Japanese manufacturer onboth events.Commenting on the signing, 555 Subaru Team Principal David Lapworth said:"Achim is clearly a very talented driver, and we've been following hiscareer for some time now, initially as a member of the Subaru Allstars,but also on rallies this year with the Power Horse team. Our 555 Subaruteam strategy for the rest of this year remains focussed on Tommi andPetter. The reason for giving Achim this opportunity is that we'relooking ahead to 2003 and longer term options.""We know Tommi and Petter will be with us next season, but as we've saidin the past, we will never rule out running a third car if there's achampionship benefit in doing so, and this is still the case. By runningAchim in Germany and Italy we're giving him the chance to prove what hecan do given the best car and support team. There's no better way ofevaluating a driver's potential than putting him in the car."
subaru and rally : Period of Test: 30 April - 3 May 2002Location: Four test roads near Sospel, South of FranceSurface: Tarmac Purpose: General tarmac development test Weather: Days 1/2 - Dry and sunny conditions, temperatures 15-21°C Day 3 - Light rain becoming torrential in the afternoon, temperature 13°C Day 4 - Mainly dry, temperature 14°CThe 555 Subaru World Rally Team completed the latest stage ofpreparations for the remaining two asphalt rounds of the 2002 WorldRally Championship - the Deutschland and Sanremo Rallies. Team drivers Tommi Makinen, Petter Solberg and Toshihiro Arai drove aSubaru Impreza WRC2002 test car for a total of 646kms during the fourday test which was held in the French Alps, near Sospel. Petter Solberg was at the wheel for days one and two, and drove on twocontrasting roads. Testing concentrated on evaluating the latest tyredevelopments from team partner Pirelli, as well as experimenting withengine, suspension and differential set-ups.On day three Tommi Makinen was in the driving seat and the team movedto another road, again in the Sospel area. Risto Mannisenmaki, Tommi'sregular co-driver who is currently still recovering from injuriessustained in an accident in Corsica last year, joined Tommi for theone day test. At the start of the day light rain descended on the testand the team used this opportunity to test new wet weather asphalttyre advances, as well as differential, suspension and transmissionsettings. However, when the rain became torrential the team was forcedto curtail the session.
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