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GP Week : Issue 22
>> WRC FINLAND Junior WRC: Prokop on top MARTIN Prokop (Citroen) started off strongly but set-up problems on the Friday let Michal Kosciuszko (Suzuki) get in front. Kosciuszko slid off the road on the Saturday morning letting Prokop ahead A long story … ABU Dhabi driver Khalid Al Qassimi had a quiet rally – but was a clear winner in the jumping contest! An unofficial ‘jump’ contest on Stage 15, the second longest jump was some 40 metres. Al Qassimi managed 55 metres! Marcus Gronholm, who attended the rally at the invitation of Ford, was intrigued. He asked Khalid how he did it. “I did not slow down, I took it flat out.” Marcus was shocked: “I only took that jump flat out once, years ago when I was an inexperienced private driver. Never again.” Why? “All four suspension struts failed – I thought all the wheels had fallen off!” Khalid won a special prize earlier in the year, the Colin McRae award in Sweden, for making the longest jump there as well! 39 again and for nearly all the day there was a fantastic battle for the lead between them until Kosciuszko went off again. That dropped him behind Patrik Sandell for the rest of the event. Holding a steady fourth place was the Suzuki driver Jaan Molder but then he had a heavy crash which let Aaron Burkhart (Citroen) up to fourth. Of the 16 starters, 13 finished the rally. Alessandro Bettega retired when his Clio R3 broke its sump and lost its oil.