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December 8 2011 – vol 206 no 10

“One of the first things I did last year after I won the championship was check my name was on Wikipedia already” SEBASTIAN VETTEL, AT SUNDAY’S AUTOSPORT AWARDS, TELLS OF SEEING HIS NAME AMONG LEGENDS

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…and still climbing. Pounds raised by Monday’s Dan Wheldon Memorial kart race for the Alzheimer’s Society as we went to press on Tuesday, and it’s expected to top £20K.

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REPORTS

71 Race of Champions Ogier beats the superstars

NEWS

26 Fernando Alonso It’s a happy marriage with Ferrari, says the Spaniard 32 AUTOSPORT Awards Vettel, Button and McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Rowland star

72 V8 Supercars Homebush Whincup takes another title

52 Group B special A look back at rallying’s epic era 54 Group B: the drivers 58 Group B: the cars 62 Group B: Audi Quattro test Allan McNish swaps his R18 TDI for a scary blat through the trees

Rallying’s greatest era remembered, p52

64 Group B: Metro 6R4 test Trying to tame iconic monster 66 Group B: Ford RS200 A passenger ride to remember 68 Robert Wickens FR3.5 champ is struggling to find that elusive F1 break

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5 From the editor 6 Snapshot 17 Mark Hughes column 70 Subscribe for a free gift 92 Final drive Letters and Latest Gear

94 On track/on screen The best action in the next week 97 From the archive Peter Gethin wins Italian GP 1971 98 Rally of my life Ari Vatanen, Paris-Dakar, 1987

SPORTS EXTRA

85 Rowland for Euro Renault New McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner goes for continental attack with Fortec – and should contest some UK rounds too

86 Thirlwall in new-spec Ford Runaway Scottish Formula Ford champ among testers 90 National/club drivers Our top 10 drivers of the year

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Peter Gethin, 1940-2011

8 Vettel still on the up Double champ ‘yet to peak’ 10 Grosjean weighs up options GP2 champ could switch to DTM 12 Brundle buoyant on Sky Ex-racer jumps ship from the Beeb 14 Obituary: Peter Gethin Tribute to F1/F5000 hero

18 Nothing wrong, says Dallara Teams are ‘jumping the gun’ on criticising new IndyCar 20 Hornish rules himself out Ex-IndyCar champ won’t replace Kurt Busch at Penske 24 Rallying on the ropes WRC future in doubt

Oliver Rowland wins Award

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