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GP Week : Issue 32
the rally before, in Spain) the event for the fourth year in a row. Five points are all that O 36 now stand between him and his record fifth successive world title when he travels to Japan for the penultimate round of the 2008 world rally championship. Citroen driver Sebastien Ogier won the World Junior series by finishing ahead of the similar car of Aaron Burkart, though the category was won by NCE again Sebastien Loeb dominated the Tour de Corse, winning (as he did Martin Prokop’s C2 S1600. This was Martin’s fourth subsidiary category win in the last five World rallies. The only blemish for Citroen, however, was that Dani Sordo spectacularly went off the road on the third stage. The impact damaged the roll cage and forced him into retirement. Ford was gradually improving its performance deficit on tarmac, but by too little and too late to change the anticipated outcome of the championship. With only four days between the end of Catalunya and the start of Corsica, the regular Ford drivers had been thinking hard about the speed of the Citroens and how to get the best out of the Focus without suffering from the dreaded understeer. After the ultra smooth ‘racing circuit’ surfaces of Spain, the roads on the Mediterranean island were more abrasive, which suited the Fords better. Certainly the team started off the Corsica rally where they left off, but tantalisingly, it was to be another end-to-end win for the Frenchman. Once again Francois Duval ran the second BP car and Jari-Matti Latvala the second Stobart entry, extending the opportunities for Ford to handle whatever remaining championship tactics were still open to them. For the second rally running there was wall-to-wall sunny warm weather. Teams needed to keep all their allocated hard compound tyres for the three days of the rally, using soft tyres only for the Shakedown test. The more abrasive nature of the Corsican roads meant that the softer tyres had less collateral advantages and, on the second morning the high level of wear, even on hard tyres, surprised the teams