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GP Week : Issue 84A
Three di erent drivers held the lead in the Super 2000 championship (SWRC) category. Eyvind Brynildsen led initially, then, through much of Day 1, Nasser Al Attiyah was ahead, but his Ford was stopped by stone damage which broke an electrical relay. From that moment onwards Jari Ketomaa was only challenged by Per Gunnar Andersson, but then Andersson had a suspension failure caused by a wrongly tting bolt. Xevi Pons took over second place, driving for the consolation of a 1-2 nish for Ford. Brynildsen had a frustrating rally, later su ering another electrical problem. Steering troubles a ected several of the Ford drivers including Ketomaa, Al Attiyah and Tuohino and there were recurrences of alternator belt failure. Pons has extended his lead in the SWRC championship to 28 points, now ahead of Ketomaa, Andersson and Prokop who was not at this event. Super 2000 cars predictably became unbeatable in the overall Group N category but for nearly half the event the leader was non-championship driver Juho Hanninen in a Skoda S2000 until he slid o and damaged the rear suspension. Predictably, Ketomaa took over the Group N lead after that. An interesting aspect was that orthodox Group N cars were well o the pace, the best being Portugese driver Armindo Araujo (the reigning PCWRC champion) in fourth place. While Araujo struggled with problems earlier in the event, the fastest normal Group N car was the Evo X of Estonian Pirelli Star Driver Ott Tanak. The order of the PSD drivers was taking on a de nite pattern with Tanak ahead of Paddon and Raschi, while the other drivers Horsey and Georgiou not yet up to pace. When Tanak had to retire after hitting a rock and losing a wheel, Paddon became the top placed PSD driver, even though he had been delayed by gearbox trouble. ... and gets Group N bonus Ketomaa takes S2000 44