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GP Week : Issue 2
10 THE organisers of the Polish rally, which has been provisionally entered in the 2009 world championship calendar, have enlisted expertise from their trans-Baltic neighbours Sweden. Bertil Klarin, Clerk of the Course of the Swedish Rally is to act as the Polish Rally’s Sports Advisor. He will be joined by Bruno Berglund, retired world championship and cross country co-driver as route advisor and Mikael Ericsson, double world rally winner in 1988, who continues the work as on- event course consultant. This year’s ‘Rajd Polski’ (6-8 June) will again count for both the Polish national championship and the FIA European championship and will feature a completely new superspecial course near the rally headquarters at Mikolajki, in the lakes area of north central Poland. Other stages have been modified from previous editions of the event. The 2008 event will be the final rehearsal and, if all goes well, the FIA will confirm its inclusion in the 2009 series, which will be the country’s first appearance in the world series since 1973. The Polish Rally is the world’s second oldest orthodox rally, this year’s event being edition 65, close behind Monte Carlo which this year was run for the 76th time. Sweden gives Poland a lift 39-YEAR-OLD Australian Paul Wilding has been promoted to Team Manager of the Suzuki World Rally Team, following the unexpected departure of Akira Kawada who had held the position since January. Wilding has a long history with Suzuki Sport having been involved in Suzuki’s rally sport projects over many years. Among the projects he was the chief coordination of Suzuki’s debut year in the JWRC (2002), management of Suzuki’s Asia-Pacific Rally Championship team (2002- 2004) and the 2006 Suzuki JWRC team. It was during his APRC work that the achievements of current Subaru World Championship driver Chris Atkinson and his brother first gained international attention. The team said: “Paul’s familiarity with the WRC, Suzuki Sport and its personnel, Japanese language skills and intimate understanding of Japanese culture and principals gained from experiences over the last 15 years will benefit the team greatly in their quest to complete their debut season in the WRC.” His new responsibility starts in Argentina. Promotion for Wilding at Suzuki