Jyvaskyla thoughts ....
  • Can Citroen ever get it right? Although he is still pressing for the chance to drive at least an R5 car on that event, Catalunya is still off the programme for Mads Ostberg. Ostberg led Catalunya in 2012!
  • BMWs finished 1-2 and five in the top eight in the two-wheel drive clubmans Vetomies Rally, headed by Vesa Hirvonen in an M3. Second was Pasi Tiainen in a BMW 325i
  • A double Estonian victory! (Tanak and Torn). Fifteen years ago fellow Estonian Markko Martin won the rally
  • Notwithstanding missing three stages on Day 1, MRF driver Gaurav Gill was classified 30th in the final results, fourth best non-championship driver.
= = = = Fifth round of the German DRM championship was the Wartburg Rally, run in the city where these iconic East German cars were built. Winner was the Peugeot 208 T16 of Marijan Griebel, the fifth different winner in the series this year. Christian Riedemann (Skoda) challenged until heavy storms affected the event. Series leader is still Dominik Dinkel (Skoda), ahead of Griebel and Riedemann. = = = = The 2019 Junior WRC calendar has yet to be announced, but it is confirmed that the current one-make format with M-Sport cars will continue. One of the biggest prizes in motorsport – ownership of a brand-new Ford Fiesta R5 with free registration into the 2020 WRC2 Championship, as well as a generous tyre package from Pirelli – will also continue. = = = = Dani Sordo is to drive a Hyundai NG i20 R5 on the asphalt European Rally Championship Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

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