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GP Week : Issue 22
PWRC: Hanninen takes control JUHA Salo had showed impressive speed, taking the lead and building a quarter minute buffer during Friday, but halfway through Saturday it all went wrong when he crashed heavily. Juho Hanninen, who was biding his time, suddenly found himself with a comfortable lead over the Swedish driver Patrik Flodin, while in third place 38 came Jussi Valimaki, all in Mitsubishis. Valimaki had found himself volunteered as for one of the two ‘guest’ slots in the championship by the organisers just five weeks before the event, in which time he had to search for funds and a car to spend them on. On the Friday he landed his car awkwardly and struggled through the rest of the rally in pain. Lying fourth at the finish was the first of the Subarus, the N14 version of Jari Ketomaa, who lost time off the road on the Saturday, ahead of Oscar Svedlund’s similar car. But Flodin was excluded from second place for running with an illegal turbocharger and Valimaki and Ketomaa found themselves second and third respectively. In the championship, Hanninen has the tactical advantage of only having competed on three rallies as opposed to the four driven by the series leader Andreas Aigner (eight points ahead) and Ketomaa (two points behind). Aigner competed in Finland as a non- championship entry, enjoying himself until he slid off the road into a lake.