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GP Week : Issue 13
PWRC: Aigner heads Red Bull 1-2 GREECE saw a fantastic entry in the Production Car category, one short of an absolutely maximum entry and more than ever before seen. Four different drivers held the lead but the event will be best remembered for the incredible domination by the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX cars, which were able to withstand the strains of the event better than the Subarus, that witnessed a near suicidal rate of retirement particularly among the new N14 hatchback cars. Juho Hanninen seemed set to walk away from the opposition but then had a hydraulic pump failure and consequential fan belt breakage. This sidelined him but he returned on the final day to make fastest times on six of the stages. By now the Austrian Red Bull team driver Andreas Aigner was ahead. Martin Rauam from Estonia was lying second and third was Aigner’s 20 year-old team-mate Bernardo Sousa from Madeira. Then at post-event scrutineering Rauam’s Mitsubishi was excluded for use of non-homologated brakes, which meant Red Bull took 1-2 in the category. At one time Evo IXs held the top 12 places in the category, but after an early delay the Russian driver Evgeniy Vertunov, who for this event arrived with an older version car instead of his N14 car, recovered lost ground and eventually finished sixth. Only one of the new Impreza N14s reached the finish. This was driven by Naren Kumar for India, making his first appearance on a world championship event. He survived a broken turbocharger and finished 10th in the category out of the 28 which started – the good folk of Coimbatore will be talking about little else for days to come! FINNISH driver Juho Hanninen was disappointed to retire from the lead of the PCWRC category in Greece on the second day. The car was left to be collected by the official breakdown recovery crews. However, the truck carrying the broken-down car crashed off the road on its way back to the service park, plummeting downhill before coming to rest against a tree. Eventually two giant cranes were dispatched, and the vehicles recovered. Juho’s Mitsubishi got repaired and finished seventh. 1 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Daniel Elena 3:54:54.7 2 Petter Solberg Subaru Phil Mills +1:09.5 3 Mikko Hirvonen Ford Jarmo Lehtinen +1:56.1 4 Urmo Aava Citroen Kuldar Sikk +4:19.7 5 Dani Sordo Citroen Marc Marti +4:49.4 6 Matthew Wilson Ford Scott Martin +6:11.3 7 Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Miikka Anttila +6:47.5 8 Henning Solberg Ford Cato Menkerud +9:14.0 ACROPOLIS Points: Loeb 50, Hirvonen 49, Atkinson 31, Latvala 26, Sordo 25, Galli 17. WRC ACROPOLIS >> 29