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Peugeot Granted Time Extension

Peugeot have been granted an extension to finalise their driver line-up for the Rally Japan by the sport's governing body

The closing date for manufacturer nominations for the event elapsed last night, but following the death of Markko Martin's co-driver Michael Park in an accident on the Wales Rally GB, the sport's governing body has given Peugeot time to decide on what to do, without penalty.

Peugeot boss Jean-Pierre Nicolas has already confirmed that Martin will not compete in the event.

An FIA source said: "Peugeot did not request the extension, but the FIA have allowed one in these exceptional and tragic circumstances."

WRC teams are required to run two cars at each event or be fined. It is possible, however, that the FIA would waive any penalty for Japan. The manufacturer is scheduled to leave the championship at the end of the season, and could yet pull out four events early.

If Peugeot do enter another car then Swede Daniel Carlsson, who has competed for the team in a third car on events this season could be promoted. He finished sixth on his home event with the team.

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