Citroën’s Sebastien Loeb has been named the winner of the Cyprus Rally after the Peugeots of winner Marcus Gronholm and fifth-placed Harri Rovanpera were officially excluded on Wednesday.

Citroën’s Sebastien Loeb has been named the winner of the Cyprus Rally after the Peugeots of winner Marcus Gronholm and fifth-placed Harri Rovanpera were officially excluded on Wednesday.


CARtoday.com reported on Thursday that the results of the Cyprus Rally would remain provisional until the FIA tested the legality of the water pumps on the cars of winner Gronholm, runner-up Loeb and their team-mates.


FIA officials discovered that the water pumps in both the Peugeot 307 and Citroen Xsara differed, despite them both using the same XU7 engine. Teams are required by WRC regulations to use standard water pumps.


Citroën has subsequently been cleared of any technical infringement, but Peugeot was called to a further meeting of the event’s stewards today and has lost its manufacturers’ points after it was confirmed that its water pump did not conform to the rules.


An FIA statement said: “Further to a report from the FIA Technical Delegate regarding the water pumps in Marlboro Peugeot Total car No. 5 (Marcus Gronholm/Timo Rautiainen) and car No. 6 (Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen) and having considered the statements from the representatives of the competitor at a meeting held in the Paris headquarters of the FIA, the water pumps were not found to be in conformity with the Technical Regulations. The Stewards decided that car No. 5 and car No. 6 be excluded from the 2004 Cyprus Rally.”


Although Peugeot remains confident that it has gained no advantage from the water pump, which featured a plastic rather than metal impeller, it has admitted that it is not going to protest the result of the stewards' decision.


Loeb now leads the WRC drivers’ championship with 35 points, while Ford’s Markko Martin is second with 34 points. Subaru’s Petter Solberg moves up to third with 28 points, just four points ahead of Gronholm in fourth. Ford continues to lead the manufacturers’ standings with 58 points from Citroën and Peugeot, while the French marques now have 54 and 33 points respectively and Subaru has 40.

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