Peugeot's Markko Martin
will miss next weekend's Rally Japan after the death of his co-driver, Michael Park, in an accident on last weekend's Wales Rally GB. Peugeot has yet to announce what it will do with its second entry for the event, but team boss Jean-Pierre Nicolas said
there was no question of Martin competing on the rally.
Works teams are required to enter two cars in World Rally Championship events by the FIA, world motorsport's governing body, and Peugeot had to nominate its entry for Japan yesterday. The team has received a special dispensation for extra time to confirm its entry for Japan, however, in the wake of last weekend's tragic accident. It could decide to run just one car for double champion Marcus Gronholm
or draft in rising Swede Daniel Carlsson, who has strong links to Peugeot and has driven a third car for the team.
"Martin's presence in Japan is totally unthinkable," said Nicolas in an interview with Eurosport. "What has happened is still too raw. Markko has been affected psychologically. We're still in shock and we still can't get over what happened. We are going to have to shake ourselves out of it to turn towards the future. It's very hard.
"Markko has been to visit Michael Park's wife
with Paul Turner, his manager. He also wanted to see the car and go back to the scene of the accident to try and understand what happened. He wants to know."
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