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Old 09-19-2007, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default SWRT talking to Rossi for Rally GB

What does this mean for the rest of the drivers?

http://www.crash.net/news_view.asp?cid=4&id=154648

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World Rally Team has revealed that it is in the 'early stages' of discussions with MotoGP

super star, Valentino Rossi

about his possible participation in the Rally GB, the final round in the 2007 FIA

World Rally Championship.

Speculation has started to mount in recent weeks, in the countdown to the Welsh event, which runs from November 30 to December 2, and a spokesperson for the Banbury-based outfit has told Crash.net that it is a real prospect.

"Yes it is a possibility. We have kept in contact with Valentino and his management since Rally New Zealand last year and would very much like to see him back in a Subaru for Rally GB. Although nothing is fixed as yet we are all working hard to try and make it happen," said the spokesperson.

Rossi has been planning to do this year's Rally GB for over a year and following his second outing in the WRC

on the Rally New Zealand last November, he confirmed as much, after bringing his Impreza WRC car home in eleventh place.

Speaking in Auckland in 2006, Valentino said he felt ready for another attack on his 'home' event, after the disappointment of 2002, when he crashed out in his Michelin-backed Peugeot 206 WRC just 17 kilometres into the event.

"In 2007 at the end of the season, Rossi declared, I will definitely race again in the RAC [Rally GB].

Whether a deal will actually come together remains to be seen - but with the MotoGP season ending on November 4 in Valencia, he won't have any racing commitments there to get in his way, although whether he will have any testing to do is uncertain at this time.
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Old 09-19-2007, 03:44 PM   #2
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Probably means nothing as he has already raced and nothing changed
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Old 09-19-2007, 03:53 PM   #3
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wait vince from entourage drives rally cars too?

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Old 09-19-2007, 07:12 PM   #4
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Rossi is slow and drives rally because he likes it.

If SWRT runs a car for him it will be a fourth customer car in independent livery.

It means nothing other than SWRT wants more press by having a "celebrity" guest driver.
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:06 PM   #5
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meh.....why dont they sign someone with a chance of doing something....Perhaps Gardemeister?
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:36 PM   #6
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meh.....why dont they sign someone with a chance of doing something....Perhaps Gardemeister?
There not signing him, they are just letting him drive one rally like they have before.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:41 PM   #7
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:24 PM   #8
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monza≠stages

Heck I think Matty Wilson beat him at NZ last year....
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:56 PM   #9
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As others have said, Vale isn't going to run a factory SWRT car. He's gonna have a privateer car...hopefully in IMATRA livery.

I hope when he gets tired of two wheels, he'll move to rally.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:49 AM   #10
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he raced at Rally GB back in 2002 I think, but wrecked the car in the first stage.

nevermind someone already said this

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Old 09-20-2007, 02:39 PM   #11
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The black SWRT car that he drove last year looked sweet!
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:09 PM   #12
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meh.....why dont they sign someone with a chance of doing something....Perhaps Gardemeister?
I had the same thought when they brought Pons in. But I thought I had read Toni was going to be behind the wheel of the new suzuki SX4?
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I had the same thought when they brought Pons in. But I thought I had read Toni was going to be behind the wheel of the new suzuki SX4?
Pons brought more money and Gardemeister is probably smart enough to spend other people's money on better cars than the Impreza WRC07...
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At least Pons freaks out about once or twice a year and yells at his co-driver. He is at least good for a laugh!
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The black SWRT car that he drove last year looked sweet!
Technically it wasn't a SWRT car. It was a privateer car.

Yes the IMATRA car looked dope.
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