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The Weber Cup, named after bowling legend Dick Weber, is the Ten-pin bowling equivalent of Golf's Ryder Cup. It consists of two teams, Team Europe and Team USA competing over three days in a series of singles, doubles and team (baker) matches.
The Weber Cup is the annual Europe vs USA ten-pin bowling championships and is currently broadcast live from start to finish on Sky Sports in the UK and in many other international channels around the world. It usually takes place in October every year.
For the first 7 events, from 2000 to 2006, 35 matches were played. Each match worth 1 point. The first team to 18 points won the tournament.
From 2007, the tournament was reduced slightly to 33 matches, again each match is worth 1 point so the first team to 17 will win.
All matches are played in a single lane arena, with banked spectators on both sides, which is specially constructed for the event.
In 2003, missing their inspirational captain Tim Mack, and up against some vociferous northern support, Team USA were never in contention as the Europeans went into the lead early on day one and never relinquished it.
After three barren years of total United States domination, Team Europe finally overcame the odds in November 2003 to lift the hallowed Weber Cup for the first time. It was a total triumph for captain Tomas Leandersson, who led from the front for all three days, putting in a sterling performance that saw his side over the line.
Following on from Europe’s recent success in golf’s Ryder Cup earlier in the year, it was the tenpin bowlers’ turn as they defeated their American counterparts in what was ultimately a one-sided battle at the Altrincham Leisure Centre.
The final score line of 18–11 was a fair reflection as Team Europe pulled away on the final day after the Americans kept them pinned back to a one point lead at 11–10 after two days of play.
In 2005, the Europeans staged a dramatic comeback after falling 14-16 behind. In front of a packed audience and live TV cameras, they won the first 4 singles games in the final session of play and took the title for the 3rd successive year, 18-16. As in the previous year, Team Europe Captain, Tomas Leandersson won the decisive point with a win over Team USAs Tony Manna Jr.
In the closest tournament to date, Team USA won on the final evening of the contest, by 18-17.
After the first days play, Team USA led 4-2 and Europe's Paul Moor bowled the first perfect game in the Weber Cup to start the competition against Jason Couch. The only other European win in the first session came from Tomas Leandersson against Chris Barnes. Tommy JonesMika Koivuniemi, Tim Mack beat Tore Torgersen, Bill Hoffman triumphed over Jens Nickel and the Baker system game was won by Team USA. defeated
After day two Team USA led with what looked like an unassailable 12-6 lead. Europe took the final days first session 5-0 to get back into contention at 11-12, before leading 14-13 going into the final evening session.
Both teams were tied 17-17 going into the final decisive baker system game - at one point Team Europe led by over 30 pins, with Mack and Hoffman failing to strike. The game became close (11 pins) and then in the 9th frame Tore Torgersen left a difficult split and missed, giving Tommy Jones the opportunity to step up and seal the victory for the Americans, and he duly obliged.
The 2007 Weber Cup, was again a close affair, with Team USA running out eventual winners 17-15, coming back from 14-10 before the start of the final session.
On Day 1, in the 5th match, Tommy Jones rolled the 2nd ever perfect game in the tournament's history, against Team Europe captain Tomas Leandersson, and at close of play on day one, the scores were tied at 4 matches apiece.
Day 2 was a day for the Americans, who won the session 4-2 to take a 7-5 lead. Consolation for Team Europe came with the final Baker match, which they duly won. In the evening session, Team Europe fought back, to bring the scores back level at 9-9, again winning the final Baker match.
Team Europe started day 3 in blistering from, winning 5 of the 6 matches to take what looked like an unassailable 14-10 lead going into the final evening session, however Team USA had other ideas, and won 7 of the 8 games in the final session, with only Paul Moor for Team Europe winning his singles match against Team USA's captain Tim Mack.
This win extended Team USA's overall lead to 5-3 in the series.
The 2008 Weber Cup took place once again at the Barnsley Metrodome, from the 3rd to the 5th of October 2008.
Torgersen was joined by Paul Moor (England), who was playing in his 4th Weber Cup. Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi and Osku Palermaa also returned, and making his debut in the competition was Dominic Barrett from England. Palermaa was given the captaincy for Team Europe for the first time, taking over from Sweden's Tomas Leandersson.
Team USA featured 4 stars of the PBA tour, with Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones and Jason CouchPete Weber, who made his first appearance in the tournament named after his late father, legendary PBA star Dick Weber. returning for more Weber Cup action. They were joined by
Team Europe (L-R)
- Dominic Barrett - Cambridge, England
- Tore Torgersen - Stavanger, Norway
- Paul Moor - Beverley, England
- Osku Palermaa - Espoo, Finland (Captain)
- Mika Koivuniemi - Tampere, Finland
Team USA (L-R)
- Tommy Jones - Simpsonville, South Carolina
- Chris Barnes - Flower Mound, Texas
- Jason Couch - Clermont, Florida
- Tim Mack - Garfield, New Jersey (Captain)
- Pete Weber - St. Ann, Missouri
Before the tournament, the overall score stood at 5-3 in favour of Team USA, so the Europeans were hoping for a win to prevent the gap extending further, however Team USA continued the trend of 3 consecutive wins, to make it 3 wins on the trot once more, just as they did in the first 3 tournaments. Team USA ultimately won 17-13, the largest margin of victory for 5 years. The winning point was won on the final baker team game.
The first session on Friday evening was shared, with both team winning 3 points each, and on the Saturday afternoon, Team Europe took the lead 7-5, before collapsing 5-1 in the evening session to trail 10-8 after the end of day 2. Things did not improve for the Europeans on the Sunday, and they continued to trail 14-10 after the afternoon session. The final session started brightly for Team Europe, as they won the first 2 points, however a strong team effort from the Americans thwarted any comeback as they won 3 of the last 4 points, including the final baker team game, to claim victory once more.
 Results table
 Past events
- 2008 Weber Cup - Team USA Win, Barnsley Metrodome.
- 2007 Weber Cup - Team USA Win, Barnsley Metrodome.
- 2006 Weber Cup - Team USA Win, Barnsley Metrodome.
- 2005 Weber Cup  - Team Europe win, Barnsley Metrodome.
- 2004 Weber Cup  - Team Europe win, Altrincham Leisure Centre, Greater Manchester, England.
- 2003 Weber Cup - Team Europe win, Altrincham Leisure Centre, Greater Manchester, England.
- 2002 Weber Cup - Team USA win, Ponds Forge International Center, Sheffield, England.
- 2001 Weber Cup - Team USA win, Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, England
- 2000 Weber Cup - Team USA win, Inaugural event in Warsaw, Poland.
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Toomas Heikkinen rallicrossiin
Joensuulainen, vasta 18-vuotias Toomas Heikkisen ottaa autourheilu-urallaan täysin uuden suuntauksen. Torstaina julkistettiin Heikkisen siirtyminen rallicrossin pariin.
Heikkinen ajaa jatkossa SM-sarjan I divisioonaa ajokkinaan nelivetoinen, 608hv Saab 93 Sport Sedan. Autonmoottori on tehty käsityönä Saab 2.0 turbon pohjalta ja ajokin voimansiirto ProDrive/Subaru.
Heikkiselle kaluston vuokraajana toimii lajin ikoneihin kuuluva, 64-vuotias ruotsalaiskuski Per Eklund. Eklund tulee toimimaan myös Heikkisen valmentajan ja opettajana.
Aiheesta kattavammin perjantain Karjalaisessa.
Pekka Päivärinta (motorcycle racer)
Pekka Päivärinta (born 1971) is a Finnish sidecar motorcycle racer, who with passenger Timo Karttiala, is the 2008 Superside FIM World Sidecar Champion. Päivärinta rode a Suzuki GSXR1000 powered LCR as part of Team Suzuki Finland and is the first Finn to win a world sidecar title.
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|World Rally Championship record|
|Active years||1974 - 1998, 2003|
|Teams||Ford, Opel, Peugeot, Subaru, BMW, Mitsubishi|
|First rally||1974 1000 Lakes Rally|
|First win||1980 Acropolis Rally|
|Last win||1985 Swedish Rally|
|Last rally||2003 Rally Finland|
Ari Pieti Uolevi Vatanen pronunciation (help·info)) (born April 27, 1952 in Tuupovaara) is a Finnish rally driver turned politician and Member of the European Parliament 1999–2009. Vatanen won the World Rally Championship drivers' title in 1981 and the Paris Dakar Rally four times. (
Vatanen was born and grew up in rural Tuupovaara in Eastern Finland. His debut year in professional rallying was 1970, and he debuted in the World Rally Championship at the 1974 1000 Lakes Rally. He won the British Rally Championship in 1976 and 1980 with Peter Bryant and David Richards. In 1977, Vatanen became a regular privateer contestant in the WRC with a Ford Escort RS1800. For the 1979 season, he was signed by Rothmans Rally Team. Continuing with an RS1800, he took his debut win at the 1980 Acropolis Rally and became the World Rally Champion in 1981. From 1979 until the end of 1981, Vatanen was co-driven by David Richards, who went on to become chairman of Prodrive, the Banbury based motorsport team and one of the most influential figures in British (and worldwide) motorsport. In the 1982 season, Vatanen did not defend his title and competed in only three world rallies.
In 1984, Vatanen signed to drive the Peugeot 205 T16 for Peugeot's factory team. From the 1984 1000 Lakes Rally to 1985 Swedish Rally, Vatanen won five world rallies in a row. Close to death after a major accident on the 1985 Rally Argentina, Vatanen spent 18 months winning a personal health battle over serious injury and depression. He went on to make a complete recovery and his return to motorsport in 1987 saw him go on to win the Paris-Dakar Rally four times; with Peugeot in 1987, 1989 and 1990, and with Citroën in 1991. He became the centre of controversy when his car was stolen whilst leading the same rally in 1988.
With Peugeot, Vatanen also won the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, after Peugeot stopped participating in the World Rally Championship in 1986, due to the demise of Group B rallying. Peugeot used the lessons learnt from its 205 T16 to create the 405 T16. With at least 600 bhp (447 kW), large aerofoils, four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, Vatanen took the car up the hill in record time, his efforts being captured in the award-winning short film Climb Dance.
Vatanen's autobiography Every Second Counts, detailing his life and career up until that point, was published in 1988 (SAF Publishing, ISBN 0-946719-04-7) and instantly became a best seller.
Vatanen continued competing in the World Rally Championship more or less actively until the 1998 season. He drove for Mitsubishi Ralliart Europe in four events in 1989 and in five events in 1990. His best result with the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 was second at the 1990 1000 Lakes Rally. From 1992 to 1993, he competed for Subaru in 11 events, finishing second three times, including on the debut event of the first Subaru Impreza in Finland. He later returned to the wheel of an Escort, driving now the Ford Escort WRC for Ford's factory team in a few events, most notably finishing on the podium at the 1994 Rally Argentina and at the 1998 Safari Rally. He then briefly returned to a works Subaru for the season-ending Rally of Great Britain, marking his 100th World Rally Championship event.
Although he became much less active in rallying, his hunger for motorsport had not left him completely however, and Vatanen joined Nissan in the Paris-Dakar in 2003, finishing seventh. He also made an appearance at the 2003 Rally Finland with a Bozian Racing-prepared Peugeot 206 WRC, and finished eleventh. In 2004 and 2005, Vatanen drove the Dakar for Nissan as well, and in 2007 he made another attempt with Volkswagen, but retired on the seventh stage.
He currently holds the position of 'Club Patron' to the Ireland's Donegal Motor Club since 2002. He has a long association with the Donegal Motor Club and the Donegal International Rally, competing twice early in his career, 1975 and 1978.
In September 2008, Vatanen took part in the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally, a round of the Scottish Rally Championship centred in Perth in Scotland. His co-driver was once again David Richards and they competed in the same Rothmans sponsored Ford Escort RS1800 that they drove in 1981. He was one of a number of ex-world champions to take part in the event in memory of McRae, who died in 2007.
 Political career
Following his years of working with a French rally team, in 1993 he settled in southern France where he bought a farm and a winery. He soon developed an interest in politics, and in 1999 he was elected to the European Parliament from the list of the conservative Finnish National Coalition party, despite continuing to live in France. The issues he has worked on include car taxation, traffic policies, development aid, and agricultural policy.
In 2004 he was re-elected, this time from the list of the conservative French Union for a Popular Movement. In 2009 European Parliament elections Vatanen was again a National Coalition candidate in Finland, but he did not get elected this time.
In July 2009 Vatanen declared his interest in being a candidate to stand against Max Mosley in the FIA presidential elections in October, should current president Mosley decide to restand for another term. He later confirmed that he will run for the presidency. On 23 October, 2009, Vatanen failed in his bid to be elected as president of the FIA, which was won by Ferrari's ex-racing boss Jean Todt.
 WRC victories
Number Event Season Co-driver Car 1 27th Acropolis Rally 1980 David Richards Ford Escort RS1800 2 28th Acropolis Rally 1981 David Richards Ford Escort RS1800 3 3° Marlboro Rallye do Brasil 1981 David Richards Ford Escort RS1800 4 31st 1000 Lakes Rally 1981 David Richards Ford Escort RS1800 5 31st Marlboro Safari Rally 1983 Terry Harryman Opel Ascona 400 6 34th 1000 Lakes Rally 1984 Terry Harryman Peugeot 205 T16 7 26° Rallye Sanremo 1984 Terry Harryman Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 8 33rd Lombard RAC Rally 1984 Terry Harryman Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 9 53ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 1985 Terry Harryman Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 10 35th International Swedish Rally 1985 Terry Harryman Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
 WRC Results
- ^ "Ari Vatanen". RallyBase. http://www.rallybase.nl/index.php?type=profile&driverid=2464. Retrieved 2007-01-30.
- ^ "Dakar 2007 Withdrawals". http://www.dakar.com/2007/DAK/LIVE/us/800/classement/ABA.html.
- ^ "True Finns and Greens advance in European Parliament elections as big parties suffer". Helsingin Sanomat. http://www.hs.fi/english/article/True+Finns+and+Greens+advance+in+European+Parliament+elections+as+big+parties+suffer/1135246579175. Retrieved 2009-06-13.
- ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/76752 Vatanen 'interested' in FIA presidency
- ^ http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/76819
- ^ "Motor racing-Todt elected FIA president". Reuters. 2009-10-23. http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLN24733320091023. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
|Awards and achievements|
|Preceded by |
International Rally Driver Award
|Succeeded by |
|Preceded by |
|World Rally Champion |
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|Dakar Rally Winner |
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|Dakar Rally Winner |
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