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GP Week : Issue 36
#4 – Evgeny Novikov – PCWRC THE outside world is gradually coming to realise that Novikov is someone special, and anyone who had any doubts was completely persuaded by his speed in Japan. In this age of youth, the 18-years-old Evgeny is the most actively poised of them all, the most extreme at what he has achieved in his career. He was lucky. He wanted to do the PCWRC this year, but until recently he was only 17, too young in many countries to be allowed to compete on rallies. In the end a lot of work was done to find ways around this problem, given that he would turn 18 with two of the qualifying rallies left to run. He has all the chances a young man could want, experience at a tender age, the opportunity to drive the best cars that were available. ‘Best’this year was a little arguable, because he launched himself into running a Subaru Impreza N14 at the beginning of the season. After troubles in national events back home, then a completely wasted journey to the WRC round in Argentina, he turned to other types of car. He rallied an Impreza N12, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, and won a rally back home in a Peugeot 207 S2000. International rally people first noticed his style at Rally Russia in 2007. In 2008 he has become a key driver on the special stages of the world. 64