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GP Week : Issue 88
WRC FEature >> the rear suspension but we gained more points. Interest from other teams started to come along, so the future it does not now look too bad. Since then I have been in contact with Malcolm Wilson and with the people at Prodrive. We will see what will happen," he said at the time. Then just as life seemed to be heading in the S2000 direction came another surprise. It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. PG happened to be in Britain in April to drive, of all things, a Fiesta R2 on the Pirelli Rally. He was invited by M-Sport to stay on and test a Focus World Rally Car in Greystoke Forest and see how he got on. That led to an invitation to drive Henning Solberg's Stobart Ford Focus World Rally Car on the Bulgaria Rally, an event Henning had decided not to contest. PG accepted. It was a chance to be back where he really wanted to be, the WRC, and also be reunited with the co-driver with whom he had been so successful in earlier days, Jonas (no relation) Andersson. Then the truth dawned. He had forgotten that Bulgaria was an asphalt not a gravel event! Tarmac rallying has never been PG's main skill (notwithstanding the nature of the Andersson family company, road building!), though he won the JWRC category on the asphalt Catalunya Rally in 2007, and he has experience of one-make circuit racing in Sweden ... in a Camaro. PG has driven three types of World Rally Car -- Suzuki SX4, Skoda Fabia and Ford Focus. "The Fabia is probably the better of the two that I have actually rallied so far. The Focus, which I tried recently, was in a different league altogether -- nice performance, chassis completely different. "The thing about World Rally Cars is that everything works as it should, all the time. When you change gear, for example, it changes gear, no chance of getting stuck in the middle! "Comparing a World Rally Car with a Super 2000, you have to push much harder in the corners with the S2000 to get the car to turn into the corners. You have to drive a little bit differently. It is more work driving a S2000 -- the car doesn't automatically do what you want! "You need to set up the car more to do what you want. You cannot understeer the car into a corner in the way I would have wanted. And you have to use the lower gears more in the S2000. I would prefer more torque but you can't have that, so you have to change down in the gears and risk spinning the wheels. But you can adjust easily. 47