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GP Week : Issue 69
SHORT STORIES FROM CARDIFF n Long time world championship co-driver David Senior had his moment of glory as a driver. Because the Cypriot driver Spyros Pavlides had to miss coming to Britain for personal reasons, leaving the team Autotek with a potentially unfilled obligation to field a car on Rally GB, David was asked to become a driver for a day. He duly drove the car past the official start line and then went home. n Jari-Matti Latvala admitted the way he prepared for the traditionally slippery Rally GB was to go out on icy roads back home in Finland, driving an old rear-drive Ford Escort BDA. n The Rally GB organisers accepted entries from military personnel in Army specification Land Rover Defenders for an add-on event, as part of an international rally championship for these vehicles. n After clinching the PCWRC title back in Australia, it was still necessary for Araujo's Ralliart Italy team to enter this event, and used this occasion to gain top-level experience of the Evo X models. The team has run Evo X cars this year with the official team of Pirelli Star Drivers but until now these cars have not proved reliable. Happily, all five PSDs reached the finish, including the luckless Nic Thomas, who had not finished a rally until now. The only serious problem for the team on this occasion was a gearbox failure for the South African Jon Williams. The next PSD event will be Jordan 2010. n Mikko Hirvonen's co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen was awarded the 2009 Michael 'Beef' Park Trophy, an annual award to a world championship co-driver deemed to best demonstrate the qualities associated with Michael, who died in an accident during the 2005 Wales Rally GB. n Gravel note crews were as usual banned as is customary on gravel rallies, but an entry for an experienced gravel note driver Patrick Magaud was made in the hope Citroen could receive up-to-date information about stage conditions before the second loop stages were run. The organisers issued a stern pre-event warning that this was not allowed, and the entry was withdrawn. n 19 year-old Irish driver Craig Breen clinched the Fiesta Sport Trophy International championship at Rally GB, ahead of German driver Patrick Anglade. Fiesta cars won two of the five classes on Rally GB. Apart from Loeb's Citroen and Brynildsen's Skoda, the only other class winner was Mattei Loic's Peugeot 207 RC Rally turbo. n The two Citroen Total cars had strange windscreen stickers, written in Chinese language alongside the usual word CITROEN written in normal language. This was to promote the launch of a new range of Citroen cars in that country. PWRC 46