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GP Week : Issue 155
38 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Once again the PCWRC went round in circles. Valeriy Gorban, the Ukraine driver of the Mentos team, Mitsubishi Evo IX, took an early lead, followed cautiously by the series leader Benito Guerra (Evo X) and his direct rival Nicolas Fuchs (Subaru) but on Stage 8 the rear suspension on Gorban's car collapsed. He was 12 minutes late at the next time control and hobbled through the next two stages before the car could be repaired fully. Meanwhile Guerra was in trouble, going off the road, and Fuchs found himself ahead of Subhan Aksa (Evo X) with Gorban, who was now third. Gorban soon got in front of Aksa and this continued until the final day when Fuchs had suspension failure on the penultimate stage. Gorban's teammate Oleksii Kikireshko retired with suspension problems and Guerra finished fourth behind Ricardo Trivino. In the championship standings Benito Guerra increased his lead, now 22 points ahead of Valeriy Gorban and Michal Kosciuszko who are equal on points. In the Rally Class category for Group N Subarus, running on DMack tyres, another Ukraine driver, Yuriy Protasov took victory, finishing ahead of Rifat Sungkar and Trivino. Andis Neiksans had rear suspension failure and did not finish. After fast but troublesome runs by Sebastien Ogier and his VW teammate Andreas Mikkelsen, Ogier won Class 2 but Mikkelsen had to retire with suspension trouble on the final day. Second in class was Al Rajhi's 1.6 Fiesta. S2000 23 year-old Elfyn Evans, son of former Ford works driver Gwyndaf Evans, led the Academy category of the Acropolis Rally almost end to end, winning seven of the 10 stages tackled by these competitors. “Everything went well but the event was more rough that we expected; to be fair it was very, very rough! After our two closest challengers (Pontus Tidemand from Sweden and Ulsterman Alastair Fisher) had troubles, we knew we had to look after the car, look after the tyres and make sure we didn't have any punctures and bring it home." Elfyn was lucky. He had a broken sump on the first stage of the event, but mechanics had the chance to repair that without penalty. Then on the Friday he had a broken fuel tank: "It was unknown to us until we noticed the leak of fuel on to the exhaust on the way to the refuel halt. So we had a bit of a scare hoping to get the car back through the 100km on the road section to ser vice. It turned out that the damage was caused by the exhaust which had been pushed up into the tank.” This is Evans' first year as an Academy driver, a programme which he is dove-tailing with a British championship programme, which currently he is leading. Tidemand led the Academy class after the first stage but later retired with a broken driveshaft. Fisher finished second despite losing a minute when he rolled, and Australian Brendon Reeves was third of the seven Academy finishers. RALLY >>> GREECE ELFYN'S ACADEMY PCWRC to ... Gorban