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Robert Consani has been forced to pull out of Sunday’s Fel’s Point Hotel Circuit of Kerry Rally after his Peugeot 207 Super 2000 suffered extensive damage on last week’s Acropolis Rally in Greece.
The former Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion hoped to use the Tralee-based rally as a shakedown for round three of the European Rally Championship-counting, Circuit of Ireland in two weeks time. The French man intended travelling straight from Greece to Tralee but a string of problems on the event hindered his plans.
On the opening day in Greece the car broke a driveshaft on stage one, a wheel on stage two and he hit a pole on stage three. His team Delta Rally worked to get the car repaired for the second day of action in Greece and he recovered to finish tenth. However the damage meant his team were forced to make an unscheduled stop at their Italian workshop to examine the car more thoroughly ahead of their planned arrival in Kerry on Saturday morning.
A spokesperson for the team said: “Unfortunately I do not have good news. The car just got to the workshop on Tuesday. Itnis impossible for the team to fix the car, it has too much damages from the Acropolis Rally. They [mechanics] need to service the car entirely to be sure there won’t be any problem in Circuit of Ireland which is our priority.”
We are very sorry for the inconvenience and for all the work engaged by Circuit of Kerry organisers to help us and make this possible. I thank Kerry Motor Club and I wish you the best for your rally.”
Circuit of Kerry clerk of the course Jonathan O’Shea added: “We are as disappointed as the team to learn this. But we thank them for taking an interest in our rally and hope we might see them in Kerry sometime in the future.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]