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GP Week : Issue 4
43 ANDREA Aigner adopted a ‘steady-as- she-goes’ tactic to win the Production category. A record was set in the Production Car category – no fewer than 25 championship competitors took part. It was a chance for the latest version and newly modified Subaru Imprezas to show their pace against the proven Mitsubishis. While the Subarus were faster, the Mitsubishis were reliable After a slow start because of problems with the car’s ECU 2006 PCWRC Champion Nasser Al Attiyah was getting quicker all the time, while in fourth place was Jari Ketomaa driving an older model Subaru. Toshi Arai’s new Impreza, pictured inset, took an initial lead but he bent a steering arm. He was unable to replace the part and lost a lot of time. Andrea Aigner’s Red Bull sponsored Mitsubishi thus took the lead which he held to the finish, ahead of fellow Mitsubishi driver Marcos Ligato until Ligato retired with a broken oil cooler and engine damage on the second day. Second place then became a fight between Sebastian Beltran (Mitsubishi) and Al Attiyah (Subaru), though both drivers had to ease their pace with engines overheating. The battle for second place was resolved in favour of Beltran when Al Attiyah was forced to stop with engine trouble. Ketomaa finished third and with two events of the PCWRC series run, finds himself leading the series. Several teams suffered teething troubles with the new Subaru including the young Russian Evgeny Novikov. Two non championship N14 cars from Argentina went out with rear suspension failure and the Saudi driver Razeed Al Rajhi badly crashed his new Subaru on the Shakedown and never even reached the start ramp. WRC argentina >> PCWRC: Have wings, will fly