Gardemeister Disqualified

Ford's Toni Gardemeister has been thrown out of the Wales Rally GB after his car was found to be underweight

Gardemeister Disqualified

The Finn was lying in ninth place at the end of Leg One, and he involved in a close battle for fifth with Francois Duval, Chris Atkinson, teammate Henning Solberg and Markko Martin. He will now take no further part in the event.

Cars must weigh more than 1,380kg with the driver and co-driver included, and more than 1,230kg without the crew. However, Gardemiester's Ford Focus was found to be under those limits.

A Ford spokesperson said: "We have not appealed the decision. It was a simple miscalculation and an honest mistake. Now we must concentrate on the job in hand and our other cars."

It is not the first time that cars have been found to be underweight this year. At the Acropolis Rally stewards chose to fine Mitsubishi and Subaru after drivers Gigi Galli, Petter Solberg, Chris Atkinson and Stephane Sarrizin were found to not conform with the minimum weight limit.

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