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GP Week : Issue 12
force in 2010. There is no change in driver line-up among the top teams but Ford’s game of musical chairs within their two subsidiary teams continues. Once again the line up for cars 8, 9 and 10 changes, this time with Greek driver Aris Vovos making a guest appearance in the Munchi’s car 10. After the Junior cars appearance in Sardinia, Production cars compete in Greece and then in Turkey. For the two immediate Mediterranean rounds of the series, Russian driver Evgeniy Novikov abandons his Subaru Impreza N14 for a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. India comes into world championship rallying for the first time with a car for Naren Kumar, run by Motoring Club. Subaru car upgrades come to Gianluca Linari and Motoring Club driver Jari Ketomaa, codriver changes include Maria Andersson teaming up with Eyvind Brynildsen, and Michael Wenzel with Uwe Nittel. There is only one Super 2000 car on the list, a Peugeot for the PCWRC driver Patrik Sandell. A special and quite novel award is being offered on this event, the Colin McRae award for the driver making the fastest stage time this year. Last year the fastest stage winner was Jari-Matti Latvala on what this year will be stages 15/18, at just under 100kph average. McRae’s five overall victories on this event make him the most successful driver in the 55-year history of the rally. MATS Jonsson scored his personal eighth victory on last weekend’s South Swedish Rally, his country’s premier non- winter rally, at the wheel of 10 year-old Ford Escort World Rally Car. The car was an old favourite, one in which works Ford driver Juha Kankkunen scored many good results when new – in 1998. 50 year-old Mats acquired the car some time later from Britain. Escort World Rally Cars are no longer eligible for world championship rallying but are for other series. Jonsson finished the opening Swedish championship round 50.9 seconds in front of a Focus World Rally Car driven by Jonas Wigren, while top Group N car was Robin Sandberg’s Mitsubishi in third place. Patrik Flodin gave up the chance to compete on the Jim Clark Rally hoping to gain a hat-trick of wins on the South Swedish but had to retire his Toyota Corolla WRC because of hydraulic troubles. Ten Years old and STILL winning! WRC news >> 17