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GP Week : Issue 71
BELGIAN Sven Smeets, 37 year-old team manager of Citroen Total's world championship team, has been given a second job by Citroen Racing. In addition to being responsible for running the team on the 13 round World Rally Championship series in 2010, he is to manage Peugeot's eight round Le Mans Series as well. A company spokesman confirmed the second appointment, saying that the two activities dove-tail with each other as there are no clashes of dates. Before he started his managing career, Smeets was an accomplished co-driver, working with Freddy Loix for many years in Opel, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Peugeot works cars, then moving to work with Francois Duval at Citroen, where he and Francois won Rally Australia in 2005. Moonlight job for Smeets RUSSIAN driver Eugene Novikov has confirmed on his website that the Catalunya Rally was his final appearance on the world scene for the foreseeable future. "Due to lack of funding in 2010 and having financial difficulties already now, it was decided not to start the final round of the World Rally Championship 2009 Rally of Great Britain. "For the same reasons, I have to take a break and will not compete next year. Thanks to all the fans who have followed my actions, and helped us throughout this time." GOODNIGHT NOVIKOV TWENTY-two year old Englishman Adam Gould has been selected by a panel of journalists as the BF Goodrich Kronos celebrity Peugeot 207 Super 2000 driver for the Rally of Scotland (November 19-21). This award comes after disappointment in 2008 when he was narrowly beaten in the selection as one of the European Pirelli Star Drivers, though his performances in 2008 gave him the official Pirelli car drive in the 2009 British Rally Championship. 36 drivers applied for the award, and a short list of five was considered. It was expected that Guy Wilks would be up for consideration but he withdrew minutes before voting on hearing that he would drive the Rene Georges Skoda Fabia S2000 on this event. Marc van Dalen chief of the Kronos team said "Gould deserves the chance -- he is a star for the future. Our job at Kronos is to do everything possible for him, and I know that Kris Meeke, his teammate in Scotland, will help him all he can!". Gould achieved plaudits in the British championship when he volunteered that his teammate Mark Higgins should drive his prize drive car on the final championship round, to enhance Higgins' chances GOULD gets celebrity slot 18