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GP Week : Issue 13
O NLY the problems of running second car on the road on the first day, then a puncture early on the second day prevented Sebastien Loeb’s absolute domination. Tyre troubles for his teammate Dani Sordo on Day 2 stopped this from being a Citroen walkover that, for a while, had looked to be the case. Ford tried hard, but one particular rock on stage six damaged all three BP Abu Dhabi team cars and then, just as Latvala started his catch-up campaign for the second half of the event, his high pressure turbocharger inlet failed and he fell well back. And as Mikko Hirvonen speeded up, he then had a broken suspension link. While this will be a rally Ford would like to forget, it was one which saw Subaru make a strong and welcome return to competitive status. The late and controversial decision to make an early debut for the 2008 new-style Impreza paid off handsomely, with Petter Solberg cruising to second place. Both Suzukis scored Makes’ points and the most dramatic result came to Mitsubishi in Group N, whose cars took eight of the top nine positions in the Production Car category. 24