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JWRC: Kosciuszko to take lead?

Suzuki's Michal Kosciuszko could seize the lead in the battle for the Junior World Rally Championship crown on the Rally Finland this coming weekend, providing he wins and takes the maximum ten points.

Kosciuszko, who took his maiden win in the J-WRC in Sardinia back in May, the last event in the Junior championship, currently trails Sebastien Ogier by 8 points.

However with Ogier not nominating the '1000 Lakes' as one of his six points scoring events [see separate story], the Pole now needs to capitalise, as he will be in the same position later next month, when he 'skips' the Rallye Deutschland.

"I like Rally Finland a lot and I'm feeling confident at the moment after winning the last Junior round in Sardinia. I was third in Finland last year, so I believe that we are well-prepared," said Kosciuszko.

"We're in a good position with the championship now, so the most important thing is to have a consistent rally and then make sure we are there at the finish; hopefully with some useful points on the board."

Kosciuszko isn't the only person however that could knock Ogier off his perch, as Shaun Gallagher is also only 8 points behind following a sixth place in Mexico, a second in Jordan and a fourth in Sardinia.

"I've got good memories from my participation on this event last year, and I'm feeling quite confident heading into the final gravel rally of the year. After the good results we obtained at the start of the year, I hope to continue on the same track and I hope to finish in the top three by the end of the rally," said the Irishman, who was eleventh in Finland in '07 in a C2-R2.

"I'm also looking forward to the rallies that are still to come, because I probably feel a little more confident on asphalt. Nonetheless, I believe that Sebastien Ogier will be a formidable opponent on asphalt as well. In any case, I'm going to do everything I can in order to hang onto my position in the Junior World Rally Championship."

Other contenders for the class honours include last year's Finland J-WRC winner Patrik Sandell in his Renault Clio S1600, plus the likes of Jaan Molder, Aaron Burkart, Alessandro Bettega and Martin Prokop.



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