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GP Week : Issue 90
What did Henning have for Breakfast? HENNING Solberg''s codriver Ilka Minor reckoned it was one of the first times she had seen Henning happy all year. He had a brand new Fiesta Super 2000 and by midday Friday was leading Group N by 24 seconds, from the Skoda of Dimitar Iliev. Pirelli''s tyre manager Matteo Braga knew well that Henning''s strongest rivals were the Bulgarian drivers Iliev and Krum Donchev as various drivers in orthodox Group N cars had less experience of Pirelli tyres than BF Goodrich, but added: "actually we feel that Super 2000 is a good place for World Rally Car drivers. Look at Mikko (Hirvonen) at Monte Carlo and especially Khalid Al Qassimi, never a strong contender in the WRC, but when he drove a Fiesta in Jordan. Same with Henning, I think!" The impish Henning replied, "I told everyone that I liked asphalt, except when I am driving Focus, but nobody would listen to me ...!" PCWRC and SWRC cars were absent from this event, due to reappear in the series in Finland, but five Super 2000 cars took part and contested the Group N category instead. Henning Solberg led from start to finish in his band new Fiesta and eventually Denis Kuipers came second in his similar car. For a long while Bulgarian drivers lay second. Firstly it was Dimitar Iliev (Skoda) and then Jasen Popov (Mitsubishi) but both then went off the road. This let Petar Gyoshev's Mitsubishi rise to second but then he was involved, with six fellow countrymen, in a dispute about refuelling methods. These drivers were allowed to continue through to the end of the event, excluded from the WRC event but eligible for national points. GROUP N: Solberg dominant in future insight WRC BULGARIA >> 49