WRC » Solberg excluded in France

Petter Solberg has been stripped of his third place in France.

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Rallyo - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 12:57 AM

Sigh, this is just so unfair.

What difference does it make.. 4kg? He was farrr from the top-2 by day3 anyway... Why couldn't they just let it slide once in awhile..

Spiney - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 8:21 AM

RallyO - I agree with the sentiment BUT if you let 4kg slip, next time is it 5kg? Unfortunately he was over the limit and rules are rules.I feel sorry for Petter because he is such a charismatic driver and to be let down like this must be extremely difficult for him.

Flash 3 - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 9:15 AM

@ spiney, I agree totally with you. How ever harsh it may seem every body has to be within the regulations. The argument that it is only a minor infringement and would not have made any material difference is always used. But at what point does any infringement be shown to make a difference? The best run competitive series are those that allow no cheating, with harsh punishments stting a precedent to really discourage any thought of cheating.

AJS - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 10:56 AM

A real blow for Petter and Chris, but 4kg is a significant amount of weight to loose between rallies, the cars a built to the regulations so it would be interesting to know what components have been changed from when the car was last used, and were they manufactured to the correct spec, I seem to remember a case where new wheels were fitted to a car that were lighter than they should have been. As far as the argument that 4kg would make no difference sorry but that is just wrong, brakes, suspension acceleration and handling would all be affected, no matter how small that effect.

Dafydd LArcombe - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 11:20 AM

What im wondering is how the Factory Citroens got away with it. PH Sport is Citroens semi Factory Team and if the PH Car was underweight the Factory cars probably were at some point in the Rally too, maybe the Factory cars had a bit more fuel expecting to be weighed at the end, as its the co drivers that tell the team how much fuel to add and Ciroen prob told Julien to add a bit more fuel to compensate

I think the cars should be weighed at random points in Spain to eradicate this sneaky advantage that Citroen have obviously created. Petter didnt deserve to loose like this, but I think Citroen and possibly PH Sport knew that the cars true weight without fuel was illegal and underweight

Its harder to moniter it on a gravel event as the cars collect and carry so much mud, but on an Asphalt event they can catch them easily, they should weight them before the Red board on the way into service when the fuel has almost gone


October 03, 2011 11:39 AM

dafydd. i am sure that the works cars were also weighed. and they are probably right down on the limit. who knows what changes petter made to the car that brought the car below the limit. i doubt that it was a deliberate error, but as it wasnt a works car, maybe a time penalty or something like that would have been more apropriate. if it had been a works car, then yes, it would have been a far more serious matter.
i really doubt that 4kg would have made any real difference as the crew themselves probably shed that weight during the event anyway.
it would be interesting to compare the works car with petters, to find out where the weight difference actually is.

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 1:42 PM

Maybe it was bang on the weight limit with 5 litres of fuel in the tank and they only had a litre of fuel left when it was weighed, I know that co drivers dont leave a lot of waste in their calculations and this was after the last stage (worst time to get weighed if you know your close to the weight limit)

I know Petters Team Manager Ken Rees quite well and I dont think for 1 minute that this was intentional, I personally think they recently worked hard to get the weight down and had more fuel in the tank when they weighed it after shedding the weight and now with less fuel its actually underweight

I feel bad for Petter and Ken because thier Sponsors may React Badly to this and pull their support leaving Petter on the side lines for Spain and GB

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