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GP Week : Issue 31
JWRC: Prokop inherits win ANOTHER Sebastien thought he was on his way to glory too, but glory was to be delayed. Sebastien Ogier was handsomely leading the JWRC category when he had a high- speed spin on loose gravel, and impacted his Citroen C2 S1600 into a rock. His rally finished with water pouring out of the car at the end of the stage, the engine terminally cooked. This gave Martin Prokop, in another C2, the chance to take his second JWRC win of the season, despite losing time on the first day with power steering failure. The second part of the season, after a lot of problems earlier on, has been a major success for Prokop. In the last four rallies he has won the Junior category twice and the Production Car once. 44 “It would have been really nice if the season had started a little later this year!” The Renault Clio R3 of Alessandro Bettega finished second, the best championship result so far on asphalt for these cars. In third and fourth places were two more C2s, those of Aaron Burkart and Shaun Gallagher. Patrik Sandell, pictured inset, started very badly with a lot of brake problems, which many of the other R3 cars also suffered, but eventually pulled up to finish fifth. The official Suzuki entries were headed by Jaan Molder (who finished sixth), while team-mate Michal Kosciuszko lost time with a broken throttle and then a puncture. Kris Meeke took over a Clio R3 at short notice but had brake trouble and a puncture before retiring with alternator belt failure. Francesco Fanari, the JWRC Rookie champion elect, arrived at the start of the event feeling unwell, crossed the start line and withdrew, becoming what is generally believed to be the first driver in motor sporting history to gain a title without completing even one of the qualifying rounds. Such is the change that the SupeRally rule has brought to rallying. The little known FIA Federation championship was looking like a clean fight between the French FFSA governing body, represented by Ogier, and their Dutch colleagues at KNAF, whose cars were driven by Hans Weijs and Kevin Abbring. Of these only Abbring finished the event, albeit delayed by transmission trouble on day 2, while Weijs overturned, so unexpectedly KNAF lead the FFSA in this championship.