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IRC: Hanninen linked to expanded programme

3 February 2011

Defending Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Juho Hanninen is likely to take part on more rounds of the series this season than previously thought, according to Skoda Motorsport team manager Pavel Hortek.

Beyond last month's Rallye Monte-Carlo, which Hanninen had been dominating until an incorrect tyre choice for two snow-hit stages dropped him back to an eventual sixth place, the Finn's only other scheduled IRC event was Barum Czech Rally Zlin in August.

Instead he was expected to focus on a campaign with the Red Bull Skoda team in the SWRC, but could now take in additional IRC events over the course of the campaign.

“We were very pleased with what Juho did [in Monte Carlo],” Hortek said. “His schedule is not confirmed and we cannot say officially, but definitely he will do Barum and I would imagine the rest of the season will be Cyprus, Scotland and some other rallies on asphalt.”

A decision to run Hanninen in Scotland and Cyprus could be partly down to additional points on offer in both events.


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