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GP Week : Issue 76
25 year-old Patrik Flodin scored his fifth victory out of five events, in four different countries, when he won the Production Car category in Jordan Rally -- but it was with a little bit of luck. On the second day he had a puncture 500 metres from the end of a stage, then later he noticed he had a deflating tyre on a road section just in time to change the wheel before the next control. Then, as he built up a safe margin over his challengers, he had a broken chassis cross-member on his Subaru -- but had time to nurse his car to the finish. His closest challenger was reigning PCWRC champion Armindo Araujo, who struggled with his Mitsubishi Evo X and eventually cruised to a safe second place. An encouraging third place went to Nick Georgiou, who this year has been selected as one of the five Pirelli Star Drivers. In this event he was running independently, taking time to acclimatise himself with the Evo X model before the official PSD events start in two weeks' time in Turkey. Flodin keeps PCWRC momentum going HELD over the second and third days of the world championship event was the subsidiary event for the Middle East Championship, which was won by Yazeed Al Rahji in a Peugeot 207 S2000. Drivers were allowed also to contest Day 1 as well as the main WRC event, and generally the two events worked well side-by-side. There were results difficulties at the end of the rally, but eventually Misfer Al Marri was declared to have finished second in a Prodrive Subaru ahead of Nasser Al Attiyah in his Skoda Fabia S2000. Al Qassimi had lead for over half the event, challenged at the beginning by Al Attiyah before he had throttle trouble (picture right). Middle Eastern category to Al Rahji 40