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GP Week : Issue 24
>>WRCGERMANY JWRC: Sebastien the second MARTIN Prokop came back to Germany determined to repeat his JWRC victory of 2007, but in the end, Sebastien Ogier took the honours, and extended his championship lead. Prokop started by edging ahead of fellow Citroen driver Sebastien Ogier on the first day of the rally, with another Citroen driver, Aaron Burkart, lying third. But it all went wrong at the start of the second day. Prokop’s car stopped with alternator failure and he was forced to retir, leaving Ogier more than two minutes in the lead, a position he would retain. Going well in third place was Alessandro Bettega in a Renault Clio R3, with Irish driver Shaun Gallagher in another Citroen S1600 in fourth. Gilles Schammel was also going well early on in another Clio R3, but then went off the road and retired. The first champion of 2008 was settled with Fransesco Fanari gaining the Rookies prize in the Junior category, despite never completing an event in the series! Although Kris Meeke drove a non- championship Clio S1600, he was quite the fastest two-wheel car driver on the event, but then he lost a lot of time on the last orthodox stage of the rally, with a broken gearbox mounting, which then caused electronic trouble. In the non-championship Group N standings, Hermann Gassner looked set to finish first in his Mitsubishi, with his son, Hermann Junior, second. However, the father was excluded after the event for unauthorised body modifications and by default his son won the category. 41