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GP Week : Issue 37
>>WRCCyprus Close, but not close enough PORTUGESE driver Armindo Araujo drove a measured rally in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, leading the Production category from the start until the start of the penultimate stage. He was consistently 15-30 seconds in front of the Skoda Super 2000 of Patrik Sandell, right, who resisted the temptation to pressure Araujo. But with one stage to go, Araujo had gearbox troubles and dropped back to second and handed victory in the category to Sandell. After earlier winning the PCWRC category in Norway, this was the Swede’s second such victory of the season, an astonishing achievement for these cars which were only homologated less than three months earlier. Campedelli started well but then was struck with a series of rear differential problems which gave the chance for the two new-version Subarus of Nasser Al Attiyah and Toshi Arai to challenge for third place. Troubles struck both cars. The Qatari driver had the sort of overheating problems which he’d hoped the newly homologated modifications would have prevented, Arai struggled with a broken driveshaft, but they finished third and fourth respectively. Prokop takes Junior honours THIS was the first occasion this year in which a world championship rally counted for both the PCWRC and the JWRC. Martin Prokop, registered in both s CYPRUS 1 Sebastien Loeb Citroen Daniel Elena 4:50:34.7s 2 Mikko Hirvonen Ford 3 Petter Solberg Citroen Phil Mills 4 Dani Sordo Marc Marti 5 Matthew Wilson Scott Martin Jarmo Lehtinen +27.2s +1:49.4s Citroen +2:26.3s Ford +6:41.0s 6 Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Daniel Barritt +11:11.9s 7 Federico Villegra Ford 8 Khalid Al Qassimi Ford Michael Orr Points: Loeb 30, Hirvonen 22, Sordo 17, H Solberg 10, P Solberg 9, Wilson 8. 45 J Perez Companc +13:18.5s 13:44.1s categories, elected to drive in the less well- supported JWRC sector, where his only challengers were the Suzuki Sport Europe drivers Aaron Burkart and Michal Koscuiszko. This was truly an event the Japanese team will want to forget. German driver Burkart punctured twice in the first day and lost a lot of time, while his Polish team-mate also lost time with a flat tyre. The JWRC cars were allowed to use racing rather than gravel tyres on the asphalt stages, but this was far from an ideal decision. They suffered serious tyre wear problems generally, largely on account of extensive corner-cutting by the four-wheel drive cars which liberally covered the special stages with stones.