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GP Week : Issue 66
RC: ns as ect Group N: Mechanical woes dominate The conditions on Day 1 did no favours for Eyvind Brynildsen who was driving a Skoda Fabia S2000 on his first world championship outing inaS2000carandhewasoneof many to suffer brake troubles. Eventually things improved and gradually he began to overhaul little-known Hungarian Gyorgy Aschenbrenner, who races under the pseudonym 'Asi' in an Evo IX, who was leading Group N. Third eventually in the Group was the German Hermann Gassner Junior. A most impressive fourth went to the PSD driver Jarkko Nikara in his Evo X. The other PSD crews had another torrid time, however. Mark Tapper led the group of five drivers in the early stages but then retired with a broken engine conrod. Then Martin Semerad had a gearbox failure. On Day 2 Nic Thomas retired, also with a broken conrod and Jon Williams had gearbox trouble. WRC CATALUNYA >> would mean the Dutch team would beat the Czech team to the Cup. When Prokop retired, Weijs took the category lead and went on to win for the first time. The Dutch sporting authorities were winners of the Federation Cup, their drivers each having now gained a win this year. Suzuki driver Simone Bertolotti eventually climbed up to finish second ahead of Spanish guest driver Jordi Marti in another Renault. Abbring finished fourth after a poor event, unable to make his Clio R3 perform well on stages which favoured the heavier and more powerful S1600 cars. Another Suzuki driver Aaron Burkart had a bad event, going off the road and into the trees on Day 1 -- happily he was able to regain the road, but then went off again on Day 2. He eventually finished fifth, last of the JWRC finishers. 47