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GP Week : Issue 112
The event counted for two support championships. This was the second round of the Super 2000 WRC, only open to old generation S2000 cars, and only two of the contenders who appeared in the opening round in Mexico travelled to Jordan. One was Nasser Al Attiyah who had been expected to win the category on that occasion but was excluded for a technical ineligibility after the event, so here he had a mission to fulfil. He immediately took the lead in the SWRC challenge, helped when one of his strongest rivals, Eyvind Brynildsen, went off the road on the second stage of the event and missed the rest of the day. Bernardo Sousa was then driving at a consistent maturity until the moment when he passed Al Attiyah’s Fiesta stranded at the side of a stage with piston failure: "At that moment I was completely distracted, I did not know what to do and shortly afterwards I spun.” He then had shock absorber problems near the end of the rally, but nursed his car to the finish ahead of 17 year-old Karl Kruuda’s Skoda. Gentleman driver Frigyes Turan from Hungary was driving steadily into a most surprised third place when with just two stages from the finish he noticed his car was on fire, and he stopped. Third place then went to Hermann Gassner on his first major drive in a Skoda. Kruuda, the youngest competitor in the series, now finds himself holding a five point lead in the SWRC, ahead of Prokop and Sousa the category winners on the two rounds held so far. This time it only happened once – pressure during the final stage of the penultimate day of a gravel rally to ensure that you gain the optimum restart order position on the final morning. Julien Ingrassia, co-driver for eventual winner Sebastien Ogier, explained: “Before the final stage yesterday we calculated each possibility that might occur. We reckoned at that time that if we wanted to win the event we would have to be at least 20 seconds in front after Stage 12, whether this would be Loeb or Latvala. “ Then of course Latvala and Loeb were busy checking each other’s times and each had slowed down by another 10 seconds or so. The policy for us on Stage 12 was to push all the way, waiting for a decision to be made as to exactly what time would guarantee our safe margin, then slow down only when we would get to the finish of the stage. “When it we confirmed the time of Latvala, we decided push to the end of the stage, and not slow down. We did not know at that time that Hirvonen had problems with his steering, but he was already too far back to be part of the equation for winning. The method by which we got the end-result that evening and then put ourselves in a position of ultimately winning the rally was by the team calculating the time when we must cross the finish line of Stage 12, and give that information to us.” Working equally urgently was the Ford team, as Latvala’s co -driver Miikka Anttila explained: “For us the decision what to do on Stage 12 was simple. We wanted to start the final day running behind Sebastien Loeb – we were lying second at the time. If we started second car on the road, Ogier would incur a time penalty and we would then be the first car, and that would mean we would never ever have a chance to get a podium place. If we ran third car, then we should gain one of the podium places without problem. It was straightforward. “As soon as Loeb finished the stage, out team told us which time we must cross the finish line with. The team does the calculations for us. We knew it would be difficult for driving first car on the road, not only on the first passage but also the second time through the stages. On the second time through the first car loses a lot, then the second car not much at all – on the first passage it needs several cars completely to clean the road, the second time through it just takes one car. “ The same thing happened on both days on this event. We discovered all this last year!” How to gauge a winning margin S2000: Sousa beats the favourite WRC JORdan >> 39