Suzuki Ignis Shows Strong Pace In Corsica

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Suzuki Ignis

Shows Pace In Corsica

Published 25 2005 MAC

Junior World Championship regulations require crew to drop one score, and Swift drivers P-G Andersson and Guy had nominated the penultimate round, the of Corsica, as the event they skip.

This left the way for the Suzuki Ignis entries to the limelight on this classic rally, one of the most specialised of the year. Corsica has a fearsome and it is nicknamed the ‘rally of 10,000 The narrow and twisty mountain are characterized by several changes of making it almost impossible to the amount of grip available on bend.

Another complicating factor is weather, which is notoriously But despite some rain the start, this year’s was mostly dry with temperatures as high as 26 degrees centigrade.

The C2s started Corsica as favourites, as cars have been developed for asphalt rallies and the has years of experience on this of surface. Reigning World Sebastien Loeb, who drives Xsara WRC, won the event by taking every single victory!

Luckily, the battle in the Junior Championship class was somewhat The two Citroen C2s pulled out a lead as on the opening day, with Sordo heading Kris at the first overnight halt. driver Mirco Baldacci was with Suzuki’s Kosti a highly creditable fourth.

The was competing in Corsica for the first and decided that the best would be to stay out of trouble. some uncertainty about the of grip on the stages, and problems his suspension bottoming out, made no mistakes at all.

His were not so fortunate. On the second Meeke slid into a after braking on some gravel and damaged a steering The 17-minute time loss on SS5 him out of contention for the win and promoted Kosti to

Then Sordo stopped electrical problems on SS8, and was suddenly up to second, behind Suzuki driver Baldacci.

was able to re-start the final leg just a five-minute penalty, as he had missed one stage. This that he was still third, behind Kosti. The Finn decided not to make a fight of it, and a well-deserved podium while won the event.

Urmo Aava was fourth at the but his rally was much more He ran as high as third but lost with a puncture on the opening before he picked up yet another on the first stage of day two! To matters even worse, he had a failure on the following stage.

problems dropped him to ninth and the Estonian did an excellent job to work his way up the leaderboard over the remaining

Another man concentrating on experience was youngster Martin Prokop. a couple of problems with brakes, Prokop came to the finish in seventh place, achieved all his objectives without a scratch on the car.

Just getting to the finish was a achievement in a tough rally claimed several victims. Pavel Valousek rolled in the and then had another accident on day ripping off a wheel. The Ignis was again and Valousek re-started the day, only to stop with an electrical problem a wire came loose the alternator: a problem probably to his earlier accident.

Renault driver Luca was running in a strong fourth the final morning when he had a and lost his brakes. He went damaged his suspension, and stopped for

P-G Andersson and Guy Wilks will be in action for the final round of the World Rally Championship, the Catalunya Rally, from 27-30.

Daniel Sordo has an lead in the title race but the could still go to Suzuki driver Guy Wilks#8230;.

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