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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 7th 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —15 Williams backs light ride W Nico Rosberg is predictingamajor shake-up in FormulaOnethis year after the biggest rules shake-up inmorethanadecade. PaulGoverreports ILLIAMS’ team leader Nico Rosberg believes there is po- tential for some ma- jor changes as teams adapt to everything from slick racing tyres and smaller wings to the new Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Speaking from Britain, Ros- berg said he is pumped for the ING Australian Grand Prix on March 29. ‘‘It’s exciting times, really. It’s such a new car. There is so much you can do,’’ Rosberg said. ‘‘So it’s really interesting. It’s very promising for us. ‘‘It’s very close, to be honest. I really think that there could be quite a shuffle.’’ The Williams team has battled for any sort of success in recent years, but Rosberg believes it will have a better chance with the new rules. ‘‘In 2007 we finished fifth in the constructors’ championship, so a step up from there would be nice. We also had a few podiums.’’ Williams is the first team to confirm it will not use a KERS system at Albert Park, which could give it an advantage over teams which decide to use the heavy, complicated and unpro- ven system to recover braking energy to be released as a burst of extra power. Rosberg will not discuss the reasons for Williams’ decision, but is hopeful a light and simple car will be best. ‘‘I thinkwehaven’tmanaged to get it race-ready yet. I don’t know the details but it’s not race- ready,’’ he said. ‘‘It depends on how good a job the others have done. At a track like Melbourne I don’t know if it will be an advantage or a disad- vantage. ‘‘I don’t want to say anything wrong. ‘‘If it was an advantage the other teams would not run it.’’ Rosberg believes the true run- ning order for the AGP has not been seen, as teams are still developing new parts for their cars and most have more speed potential. ‘‘At themomentit’s too early to say. You need to consider the fact that the development potential, from when the cars are launched until Melbourne, is so big, such a massive amount. ‘‘So it really depends. If a team is now a little in front or behind it really doesn’t make that much difference. ‘‘Perfection can never ben at- tained. But the development rate is obviously very fast in the beginning with a new car.’’ Rosberg said he is hopeful and likes Albert Park after a podium place with Williams last year, but refuses to be too optimistic. ‘‘I think the Melbourne pack- age is more or less done now. So I’m positive, for sure. ‘‘I had high hopes, also, last year and confirmed that by fin- ishing third in Melbourne. ‘‘So I would say I amsimilarly positive. ‘‘But last year was a distaster in the end . . . To be honest, it is impossible to say. We could be first or we could be last.’’ CAUTIOUS: The Williams Formula One team has ruled out using the new Kinetic Energy Recovery System, which recovers braking energy foraburst of speed, for now. Picture: AFP Finishing-line fear for local team used cars Co-op A 2006 Toyota Camry Sportivo sedan is the hot used car deal today at Co-op. It has the new shape, a 2.4-litre manual VVTi en- gine, silver paintwork and 19,000km on the clock for $24,990. DJ Motors A SCOOP purchase of Nissan Tiidas has been made by DJs. They have got two hatch- backs and two sedans at a low $16,990 drive away. All are 2008 automatics and come with cruise con- trol, airconditioning, ABS brakes, dual airbags, plus the remainder of a three- year 100,000km warranty. Neal Bates and Coral Taylor. The money has run out and T their home event in Canberra could be their last. Toyota has withdrawn its sup- portandthe one-time factory team leaders have been reduced to running as privateers in the Rally of Canberra, second leg of the Australian title series. Bates knows he faces some very tough decisions but, for a rally he has won five times, he is postpon- ing the worry to concentrate on getting a win. WINNER: Rally champion Neal Bates during the second leg at Rally Tasmania. As Toyota has pulled sponsorship, Canberra may be his last race. ‘‘I try not to think about things. OMORROW afternoon could be the end of the road for three-time Aus- tralian rally champions It could be the end, but I hope not. ‘‘At this stage I have no plan to go to Perth for the third round of the championship, unless some- thing changes. I want to go, but. . ,’’ said Bates. Bates and Taylor kicked off their title defence with victory in Rally Tasmania with their S2000 Corolla but know things will be even tougher in Canberra with their former team mates, Simon and Sue Evans, switching to a Mitsubishi Lancer in a family team alongside speedy young Eli Evans in a Subaru WRX. ‘‘Simon was very quick in Can- berra last year in my Corolla so I’m expecting the same again. I’ll have to be right on my game to go with him,’’ Bates says. ‘‘No matter what, he will be on a mission. But we’ll see what happens, because the conditions can be tricky in Canberra.’’ Despite his many local suc- cesses, Bates admits to battling on the slippery roads through the forests that ring the national capital. ‘‘I don’t know why, but I ac- tually find it difficult here. So we have to work at it and come up with a result. Simon Evans leads the field for the Rally of Canberra. PAUL GOVER quick in Canberra last year in my Corolla so I’m expecting the same again. I’ll have to be right on my game to go with him ‘ ’ Simon was very Motors MOTORS has a 2003 Sub- aruWRXwagon available at $23,995. It features a 2.0-litre man- ual turbo, alloy wheels and security system. Wayne’s Car Sales WAYNE’S best deal of the week is a 2007 Mazda BT 50 2x4 single-cab flat tray. Its features include a 2.5-litre turbo diesel, five- speed gearbox, power steer- ing, airconditioning and the balance of its new car war- ranty. Priced at $17,990.
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