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GP Week : Issue 41
>>WRCINSIGHT each other. The Citroen, however, felt more comfortable. To decide to go with Citroen was his rather than the team’s choice. The Citroen was more suitable for him.” There was no time to check out the Subaru. Being 33 years-old, Australian codriver Dale Moscatt found working with someone who was so young a bit strange, but no problem: “Evgeniy has absolutely no lack of commitment. He wants to go fast all the time and part of my role is to control all that. “He is also smart enough and far beyond his years at 18. You can give him some advice or discuss strategy and he will immediately adjust to what was discussed. “His karting background means he is no stranger to going round Europe. He is certainly well-travelled, and he speaks very good English now. At his age it is easy to be overwhelmed but he has already spent a lot of time in the racing world.” But, according to Moscatt, his young charge is learning every day: “The first rally we did together was Rally Russia in 2008 at Vyborg. On the second to last stage we ran wide on a bend, hit a big stone and pulled the wheel off and wrecked the fuel tank. He really let fly with Russian expletives. “Not long after that we were in New Zealand and the gearbox broke right at the end of the rally and a lot more expletives came out. I suddenly realised that he was now swearing in English! “He is from a different generation from what I am used to. When I started rallying we learned our stuff in Datsun 1600s and even 1200s, and here is this young guy who learned his stuff in Group N Mitsubishis and Subarus!” Gradually we in turn are learning more about our young Russian friend. The first thing he explained to us in Portugal was that Russian people don’t in fact receive Christmas presents … there goes our intro … 41