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FIA PRODUCTION CAR WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 8: WALES RALLY GB
28 NOVEMBER 2007
PREVIEW
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVER READY TO STAND ON TOP OF THE WORLD IN WALES  

GABRIEL POZZO / MARIO STILLO
RALLY IRELAND
 

ARMINDO ARAUJO / MIGUEL RAMALHO
RALLY IRELAND
 

MARK HIGGINS / SCOTT MARTIN
RALLY IRELAND
 
 
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution driver Gabriel Pozzo (Argentina) will be aiming for a famous victory on this week’s Wales Rally Great Britain. Such a result will make him the 2007 FIA Production Car World Rally Champion. Before the Argentinian driver can celebrate, however, he has to beat 10 other Mitsubishis to top Production points on what will be one of the most unpredictable rallies of the season.

In addition to the 11 Lancer Evolutions competing in the Production element of the final round of the championship, there will be a further 22 Lancer Evolutions gunning for outright Group N success on Wales Rally Great Britain.

Pozzo is in no doubt of the scale of the task which lies ahead of him, but he says he is ready for the challenge. "I have never competed on this event before," he said. "But some times I look at the conditions and think they are quite similar to those I see at home in Argentina. There is rain and fog in the Welsh stages, we have both of those at home. It will be difficult for me, but I will go as fast and as hard as I can. One thing which is very important for me is to have a good recce. That’s crucial, I need to know as much as possible about the roads."

Fellow Mitsubishi drivers like Mark Higgins (United Kingdom) and Juho Hanninen (Finland) will be right on the pace with Pozzo, while Lancer Evolution men Andreas Aigner (Austria) and Armindo Araujo (Portugal) will be desperate to end their season on a high after both crashed out of the lead on the penultimate round of the series in Ireland. Higgins was another to crash out of the lead in Ireland, ending his hopes of lifting the Production Car title for the fist time. In Britain, however, Higgins has another shot at a crown: the British Rally Championship, of which Wales Rally Great Britain is the final round.

Higgins said: "Crashing in Ireland, when I’d done all the hard work to get into the lead, was probably the most disappointing thing in all of my career. Now I’ve put that behind me. Now I am focused on the British title. I want to forget everything else and get on with the job in hand."

Also fighting with Higgins for British glory are fellow Mitsubishi drivers Guy Wilks (United Kingdom) and Gwyndaf Evans (United Kingdom), both of whom will be right at the sharp end of the outright Group N scrap.

The event starts from Cardiff City Hall on Thursday (November 29) at 1930, with the first stage taking place in the forests north of the Welsh capital early the following morning. That first leg incorporates six stages of 140.80km (two loops of three), with Saturday’s timetable following a similar pattern of 104.48km, with the exception of the 1.1km super special at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday night. This is, without a doubt, one of the most incredible sporting venues in which to hold such an exciting and crowd-pleasing spectacle. The organizers of the rally are expecting fans to turn out in their tens of thousands to watch the finest rally drivers in the world competing in the same place as some of the best footballers and rugby players on the planet. The final leg of the rally on Sunday, 114.26km test comprises four stages (two loops of two). The three days of 1,271.94km and 359.54km competition draw to a close back in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

While the event starts and finishes in Cardiff, it’s Swansea (to the west of Cardiff) which will play host to the central service each day. For this year, there is a new approach to service, with the organizers running the service park in the marina area of the city, bringing the rally cars and crews closer than ever to the people of Swansea.


 ENTRIES
No. Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Grp
Cls
1
M
Sébastien Loeb
Daniel Elena
F
MC
Citroen C4 WRC A
8
2
M
Daniel Sordo
Marc Marti
E
E
Citroen C4 WRC A
8
3
M
Marcus Gronholm
Timo Rautiainen
FIN
FIN
Ford Focus RS WRC 07 A
8
4
M
Mikko Hirvonen
Jarmo Lehtinen
FIN
FIN
Ford Focus RS WRC 07 A
8
5
MT
Manfred Stohl
Ilka Minor
A
A
Citroen Xsara WRC A
8
7
M
Petter Solberg
Philip Mills
N
GB
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
8
8
M
Chris Atkinson
Stephane Prevot
AUS
B
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
8
9
MT
Jari-Matti Latvala
Miikka Anttila
FIN
FIN
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
8
10
MT
Henning Solberg
Cato Menkerud
N
N
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
8
11
MT
Luis Perez Companc
Jose Maria Volta
RA
RA
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
8
12
MT
Federico Villagra
Jorge Perez Companc
RA
RA
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
8
16
Matthew Wilson
Michael Orr
GB
GB
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
8
17
Xavier Pons
Xavier Amigo
E
E
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
8
18
Jan Kopecky
Filip Schovanek
CZ
CZ
Skoda Fabia WRC A
8
19
Sebastian Lindholm
Tomi Tuominen
FIN
FIN
Suzuki SX4 A
8
20
Mads Ostberg
Ole Kristian Unnerud
N
N
Subaru Impreza WRC A
8
21
Andreas Mikkelsen
Ola Floene
N
N
Ford Focus RS WRC A
8
22
Gareth Jones
David Moynihan
GB
IRL
Ford Focus RS WRC 04 A
8
23
Mark Van Eldik
Michel Groenewoud
NL
NL
Subaru Impreza WRC A
8
24
Conrad Rautenbach
David Senior
ZIM
GB
Citroen Xsara N
2
25
Peter Van Merksteijn
NL
Ford Focus WRC 06 A
8
32
P
Stuart Jones
Craig Parry
GB
GB
MG S2000 Sport N
4
33
P
Loris Baldacci
Rudy Pollet
RSM
I
Subaru Impreza N
4
34
P
Mark Higgins
Scott Martin
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
36
P
Juho Hanninen
Mikko Markkula
FIN
FIN
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
37
P
Spyros Pavlides
Denis Giraudet
CYP
F
Subaru Impreza WRX Sti N
4
40
P
Michal Solowow
Maciek Baran
POL
POL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
41
P
Leszek Kuzaj
Craig Parry
POL
GB
Subaru Impreza N
4
42
P
Evgeniy Vertunov
Georgy Troshkin
RUS
RUS
Subaru Impreza WRX Sti N
4
43
P
Claudiu David
Mihaela Beldie
ROU
ROU
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
44
P
Alessandro Bettega
Simone Scattolin
I
I
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
45
P
Mirco Baldacci
Giovanni Agnese
RSM
I
Subaru Impreza N
4
46
P
Armindo Araujo
Miguel Ramalho
P
P
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
47
P
Andreas Aigner
Klaus Wicha
A
D
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
48
P
Hayden Paddon
John Kennard
NZ
NZ
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
49
P
Stepan Vojtech
Michal Ernst
CZ
CZ
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
50
P
Patrik Flodin
Maria Andersson
S
S
Subaru Impreza N
4
51
P
Martin Rauam
Kristo Kraag
EE
EE
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
52
P
Travis Pastrana
Bjorn Edstrom
USA
USA
Subaru Impreza WRX Sti N
4
53
P
Niall McShea
Gordon Noble
GB
GB
Subaru Impreza N
4
54
P
Gabriel Pozzo
Mario Stillo
RA
RA
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
59
P
Guy Wilks
Phil Pugh
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
60
P
Gwyndaf Evans
Huw Lewis
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
61
David Higgins
Ieuan Thomas
GB
GB
Subaru Impreza N
4
62
Phillip Morrow
Daniel Barritt
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
63
Dave Weston
Aled Davies
GB
GB
Ford Focus WRC 04 A
8
64
Barry Clark
GB
  N
4
65
Harry Kleinjan
Sander Roling
NL
NL
Skoda Fabia WRC A
8
66
Martin Prokop
Jan Tomanek
CZ
CZ
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
67
Rene Kuipers
Erwin Mombaerts
NL
B
Subaru Impreza WRC A
8
68
Jasper Van den Heuvel
Martine Kolman
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
69
Wyn Humphreys
Ally Mackay
GB
GB
Subaru Impreza N
4
70
Wout Hazeleger
Bert Bloemendaal
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII N
4
71
Dani Sola
Oscar Sanchez
E
E
Honda Civic Type-R A
7
72
Reijo Muhonen
Jorma Kopsa
FIN
FIN
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
73
Nigel Griffiths
Andrew Owens
GB
GB
Subaru Impreza A
8
74
Stephen Petch
Michael Wilkinson
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
75
Stephen Simpson
Mark Booth
GB
GB
Hyundai Accent WRC A
8
76
Michal Kosciuszko
Maciek Szczepaniak
POL
POL
Fiat Punto S2000 N
4
77
Miles Johnston
Ian Bevan
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
4
78
Jaap Sinke
Pascal Meijs
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V N
4
79
Brian Green
Fleur Pedersen
NZ
NZ
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
4
80
Evgeniy Novikov
Alexey Aksakov
RUS
RUS
Subaru Impreza WRX Sti N
4
81
Robert Swann
Darren Garrod
GB
GB
Subaru Impreza N
4
82
Hans Weijs jr
Hans Van Goor
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
83
John O'Leary
Michael Coleman
IRL
IRL
Subaru Impreza N
4
84
Darren Gass
Neil Shanks
GB
GB
Citroen C2 S1600 A
6
85
Shaun Gallagher
Clive Jenkins
IRL
GB
Citroen C2 R2 A
6
86
Subhan Aksa
Hendrik Mboi
RI
RI
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
4
87
Gavin Cox
Tim Hobbs
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI N
4
88
Peter Van Merksteijn Jr
Eddy Chevaillier
NL
B
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
4
89
Rob Gill
Anders Howard
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
90
Wayne Radford
Paul Drew
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
91
Simon Harraway
Craig Drew
GB
GB
Subaru Impreza N
4
92
Giorgio Bacco
Alessandro Biordi
I
RSM
Subaru Impreza N
4
93
Gabor Mayer
Robert Tagai
HON
HON
Subaru Impreza N
4
94
Jonathan Greer
Jonny Hart
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
95
James Smith
Chris Melling
GB
GB
Subaru Impreza N
4
96
Huw Jeffreys
Avarina Connor
GB
GB
Subaru Impreza N
4
97
Oleksii Tamrazov
Oleksandr Skochyk
UA
UA
Subaru Impreza N
4
98
Melis Charalambous
Mark Crisp
GB
GB
Skoda Octavia WRC A
8
99
Peter Stephenson
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
100
George Thomas
Graham Hopewell
GB
GB
Citroen CR2 A
6
101
James Wozencroft
Christopher Ridge
GB
GB
Suzuki Swift N
2
102
Francesco Trevisin
Alessandro Michelet
I
I
Subaru Impreza N
4
103
David Meredith
David Roberts
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
104
Lorna Smith
Joanne Oakey
GB
GB
Suzuki Swift N
2
105
Hugh Evans
Iestyn Williams
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
106
Matt Beebe
Gareth ROberts
GB
GB
MG ZR 160 N
3
107
Mandy Bowman
Kenneth Bowman
GB
GB
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V N
4
108
Stefan Davis
GB
Ford Puma A
6
109
Jason Pritchard
Martin Jones
GB
GB
Citroen C2 R2 A
6
110
Vytautas Baranauskas
Gediminas Celiesius
LIT
LIT
Ford Fiesta ST N
3
111
Victor Henriksson
Mark Walker
S
GB
Ford Fiesta ST N
3
112
Emre Yurdakul
Can Erkal
TUR
TUR
Ford Fiesta ST N
3
113
Martin Laverty
Andrew Roughead
IRL
GB
Citroen C2 R2 A
6
114
James Everard
Mark Ammonds
GB
GB
Ford Fiesta ST N
3
115
Burcu Cetinkaya
Cicek Guney
TUR
TUR
Ford Fiesta ST N
3
116
Kazutomo Kusama
Stefan Arndt
J
GB
Citroen C2 A
6
117
Paul Benn
Richard Cooke
GB
GB
Ford Fiesta ST150 N
3
118
Elfyn Evans
Richard Edwards
GB
GB
Ford Fiesta ST N
3
119
Dave Weston
Claire Mole
GB
GB
Ford Fiesta ST N
3
120
Tony Jardine
Maurice Hamilton
GB
GB
Ford Fiesta ST150 N
3
121
Giovanni Caposiena
Barbara Perugini
I
I
Ford Fiesta ST N
3
122
Richard Parry-Jones
Hugh Parry-Jones
GB
GB
Ford Fiesta ST N
3
123
Supradip Dey Roy
Bradley Magnus
GB
GB
MG ZR N
1
124
Dale Robertson
Paul Beaton
GB
GB
MG ZR N
1
125
Luke Pinder
Martin Taylor
GB
GB
MG ZR N
1
126
Richard Sykes
Simon Taylor
GB
GB
MG ZR N
1
127
Matt Cotton
Anthony Godden
GB
GB
MG ZR N
1
128
Adrian Linton
Jonathan Linton
BDS
BDS
Opel Astra OPC N
3
129
Martin Roberts
Rich Mills
GB
GB
Citroen C2 R2 A
6
130
Steve Graham
Tony Graham
GB
GB
Vauxhall Astra N
4
131
Fin McCaul
Neil Burgess
IRL
GB
BMW 120D N
4
132
Darren Jones
Paul Burley
GB
GB
Skoda Felicia A
5


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