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Tour de Corse: McCormack in town despite strike threat

By Sammy Hamill

Marty McCormack and Craig Breen were today continuing to prepare for the Tour de Corse even though a ferry strike may force the rally to be called off.

The two Irish drivers flew to the Mediterranean island on Sunday for round four of the Intercontinental Challenge and have been carrying out their reconnaissance of the route ahead of tomorrow night’s start from Ajaccio.

However, the organisers say that a strike by seamen working for the SNCM ferry company is now threatening the event. Most of the rally cars and service vehicles have arrived on the island via other ferry companies but SNCM is the only one licensed to transport the high octane fuel needed for the cars.

“These cars run on special fuel that is not available in Corsica,” said Christian Leca, president of the Corsica Motor Sports Association.

“We have to bring it from the mainland. We cannot hold the event if we have no fuel.”

He added that if the strike, which has been going on since the weekend, continues beyond this evening the rally will be cancelled.

Leca said it would be a financial disaster for Corsica and would spell the end for the Tour de Corse.

McCormack, the British F2 champion from Draperstown, is due to make his debut with the Petter Solberg team, driving an S2000 Ford Fiesta for the first time as a stand-in for the injured Patrik Flodin.

World S2000 championship leader Breen, from Waterford, is to make his second appearance with the French Sainteloc team in the Peugeot 207 to steered to fifth place on the Circuit of Ireland.

The entry list of over 100 also includes the Skodas of IRC champion Andreas Mikkelsen and Jan Kopecky as well as Dani Sordo driving the latest RRC version of the Prodrive Mini.

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