FSTi Driver Goals (Rally de España):

26.09.2009: Patrick Anglade (GER): - is expecting a tough battle against the Fiesta R2s but is aiming to defend his lead in the championship by sticking to the consistent game plan that has served him throughout the series so far this

Patrick Anglade (GER): - is expecting a tough battle against the Fiesta R2s but is aiming to defend his lead in the championship by sticking to the consistent game plan that has served him throughout the series so far this year.
 
Craig Breen (IRE) – has the bit between his teeth after being confirmed as FST UK and FST Ireland champion and knows that victory in the R2 in Spain would go a long way to helping him to a unique FST hat trick this season.

Bader Al Jabri (UAE)
– still has it all to play for with Anglade and Breen in touching distance ahead of him but with his team mates Al Shamsi and Al Mansoori breathing down his neck, another strong performance will be essential for the Emirati.

Majed Al Shamshi (UAE)
– has proved to be a tough opponent for his Team Abu Dhabi colleagues so far this season and after being edged out again by Al Jabri in Finland will be looking to come out on top in their inter-team battle in Spain.

Ahmed Al Mansoori (UAE)
– found his rhythm in Finland and must now translate that pace and consistency to the Tarmac stages of Tarragona. The least experienced of the Team Abu Dhabi drivers, he is learning fast and improving on every event.

Emre Yurdakul (TUR) –
proved that he can challenge the leaders in the last round and will be aiming to build on that performance. He has limited experience in the new R2 but will be focused on setting fast stage times in the new car.

Burcu Çetinkaya (TUR)
– the 2008 championship runner-up is still looking for a podium finish in 2009, which will be within her grasp if she can translate her pace from the FST Turkey to the international stage in the Fiesta R2.

Lambros Athanassoulas (GRE)
– a fantastic result at the Acropolis Rally of Greece raised Athanassoulas’ rallying career to another level.  Driving the new R2 he will be aiming to show the same outright pace in Spain to take his second career FSTi victory after his previous experience in Germany in 2006.

Anthony Martin (BEL)
– has experience of the FSTi from Rally Deutschland last year and also has good experience behind the wheel of the R2 after competing at Oomlop van Vlaanderen, which should play into his hands in Spain.

 

2009 standings after Rally Finland

 
1 Patrick Anglade 26 34 37 24     121
 
2 Craig Breen 42 - - 39     81
 
3 Bader Al Jabri DNF 27 25 14     66
 
4= Majed Al Shamsi DNF 26 23 12     61
 
4= Ahmed Al Mansoori 23 1 19 18     61
 
6 Denis Grodetskiy DNF 25 17 DNF     42
 
7 Emre Yurdakul - - 19 20     39
 
8 Jussi Kumpumäki - - - 37     37
 
9 Burcu Cetinkaya - - 20 16     36
 
 Best four scores to count towards final championship points


 
2009 FSTi Calenda
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2-4 October Rallye de España Tarmac
23-25 October  Wales Rally GB Gravel
 
 

-Kate Rhodes-  also photo

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26.09.2009 / MaP

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