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Australian co-driver, Dale Moscatt, has made the tough decision to walk away from his lucrative ride in this year's World Rally Championship alongside 18-year old Russian sensation, Evgeny Novikov.

Although still contracted to Evgeny in the Citroen Junior World Rally Team, it seems Moscatt made the decision after the Russian put their Citroen C4 off the road on numerous occasions in the past two rounds of the WRC, in Poland and Finland.


"Things were not progressing with Evgeny as we had hoped that they would be," Moscatt told RallySport Magazine this morning.

Moscatt wouldn't expand on his comments, but RallySport Magazine believes that Novikov's youthful exuberance and his unwillingness to make changes to his pacenotes were major contributing factors in the Sydneysider's decision.

Two accidents on Rally Finland and their death-defying leap over one of Finland's most notorious (and dangerous) jumps seem to have been the final straw.

Belgian Stephane Prevot is rumoured to be stepping in to fill the void for the remainder of Novikov's 2009 campaign.

"Evgeny and I have personally parted on good terms and on a professional level I wish him every success in his future endeavours," Moscatt added.

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