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GP Week : Issue 84A
Fords have now won the last three SWRC events and Xavier Pons and his Nupel F rd lead the SWRC anWRCtemCuby2an17 poin r pecti ely The Production Car category p omi ed to be a closely fought b ttlebetweent e ub r of Richard Mason and the Mitsubishi of Hayden Paddon but Mason retired when he went off the road on the first day and damaged the engine. Paddon was then on his own, pulling consistently further into the lead from Subaru driver Emma Gilmour. Kingsley Thompson settled into a steady third place, giving local drivers a 1-2-3 result. Toshi Arai was the highest placed of the regular championship competitors after a bad start. He damaged the rear suspension of his Subaru on Day 1 and then gave up for the rest of the day when he also suffered power steering troubles. He eventually finished fourth and is now lying third in the championship standings behind Araujo and Flodin who did not compete here. Frenchman Sebastien Ogier has become the rst new winner of a World Rally Championship event since February 2008 when Jari-Matti Latvala gained this honour. It was to be only three more weeks before there was another less public landmark when Sebastien Ogier, then 24 years old, entered his rst world championship event, in Mexico, at the wheel of a Citroen C2 Super 1600, driving under the aegis of the French Federation in the FIA's Junior world championship. His debut was absolutely startling. He won the JWRC category on the event, as he went on to do two more times that season, on his way to clinching the Junior title -- and he nished the event in eighth place overall, scoring a full world championship point. It became very obvious that Ogier had a very special aptitude, though not entirely without its mishaps. He was in line to take the JWRC title on his fth event of the season but then a driving error spun his little car into a bank. He went on to win the title one rally later, at the Rallye de France. A golden future was immediately assured for him. He was o ered the chance to contest the nal round of 2008, the Rally of Wales, and startled the rally community when he scored fastest time on the rst stage to be run, and led the event for three more stages after that before gearbox problems ensued. In 2009 he was given a special opportunity to run world championship events -- at rst he was promised the rst half of the series, but this entries-by- results promise did not sit well with Ogier. Coming up to half way, a decision was taking to trust Ogier. Immediately it paid o . He nished the series as eighth-best driver in the WRC, his best result being second on the Acropolis. For 2010 he was enlisted alongside Kimi Raikkonen in the Citroen Junior Team, driving World Rally Cars, assured of driving 12 of the 13 events -- and eventually driving the 13th as well ... and Portugal saw the result. Olivier Quesnel, Citroen Racing director, is delighting but admits Ogier's progress is not entirely of the team's doing: "When I started my job early in 2008 I had never heard of Ogier. The credit for today has to come from the French Federation. "Their then President Jacques Regis contacted me and implored us to give him a chance. He said they were so con dent of his potential they would pay half the budget. The rest is history..." Sebastien Who? Two years to the top for Sebastien Ogier 46