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David Higgins: Anything could happen on WRGB.

Going into the final two rounds of the 2008 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship this weekend, David Higgins still tops the points table, alongside his brother Mark - so it's all to play for on Wales Rally GB.

The three-day World Rally Championship event, counts for two rounds of the BRC, with Friday's leg forming the penultimate round, while Saturday and Sunday's stages combine to make up the finale.

The pre-Rally GB points have only just been finalised after an MSA Court confirmed the results of Trackrod Rally Yorkshire last week. After the Yorkshire event was won by Guy Wilks, appeals were put in and he was excluded. Last week the MSA reinstated Guy as the event winner.

While Higgins was frustrated with that decision, the Team TQ.com man reckons it could actually work in his favour.

"We are disappointed with the result of the court case, but at the same time I'm glad it's over and done with so we can get on with fighting for the title on the stages now like it should be," said David. "That's what we all want, instead of going to court to decide the result of the championship.

"The result of the MSA court means the fight for the British championship title on Rally GB is now a three-way fight between me, my brother Mark and Guy, instead of a two-way fight between me and Mark. That makes our chances stronger because three of us will all be fighting for the points.

"But regardless of who's in the title fight, the main trouble makers for us in terms of BRC points will be Juho Hanninen, Patrik Flodin and Eyvind Brynildsen. While their main concern is the PWRC section of Rally GB, they are all registered for BRC points too and will be ahead of us on the road, so they will be in a great position to take potential points off me, Mark and Guy. With them in the mix, literally anything could happen this weekend."

Higgins and co-driver Ieuan Thomas are also registered for PWRC points on Rally GB. Although getting a PWRC registration for the event means a better road position, it also meant David was unable to test in GB prior to the event.

"Not being able to test has been a concern, but we've put together so much data from previous events and tests with Tein and Prodrive that we should be okay, and no testing time means we've had more time to work in the workshops," he added.

"We've been working at replacing as many parts as possible, and we're going to debut some new PIAA lights which should make us stronger in the dark than we were back on the Pirelli.

"I can't wait to get back on the mid Wales stages this year too. It's been a long time since I was on them, and they're some of the best stages in the world. But this year, more than ever, the Welsh weather could provide an extra hurdle for some people. Recently I've been driving to work on black ice and the car has been reading temperatures of around minus two, so that should be fun if it continues into the weekend."


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