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JWRC: Niegel to fly flag for Suzuki in Juniors.

Florian Niegel will be the only runner competing for Suzuki in the Junior World Rally Championship on the Rallye Deutschland this coming weekend.

Niegel, who finished ninth in Finland, is usually joined by the Suzuki Sport Europe entries of Jaan Molder and Michal Kosciuszko. However both of those drivers' will skip this event, as it is not one of their six nominated points-scoring rallies.

Niegel, who missed Mexico instead, is looking forward to the Rallye Deutschland, as it is his home event. Furthermore having used a Group N Swift in Finland, he will now revert to his usual Swift S1600. Indeed having used a Group N Swift in Finland, he can't wait to get back behind the wheel of his S1600.

He will face strong opposition though, with a number of renowned asphalt experts in the category and so he has a very tough task ahead of him on what will be only his fourth J-WRC event.

"I am really looking forward to Rallye Deutschland," said the 24-year-old, who competes under the 'Suzuki Rallye Junior Team Germany' banner. "We didn't use the Suzuki Swift Super 1600 in Finland so we could save it for Deutschland, and I can't wait to get started now.

"As you can imagine, it's going to be a really big event for Suzuki in Germany: I will have a lot of friends out there watching. I have never done the event in a car like the Swift Super 1600.

"Last year I used a Group N Swift, which was a lot of fun, but the Super 1600 car is going to be even better. Of course, everybody always enjoys their home rally. It's nice to compete at home in an environment where you are comfortable, but at the same time, Rallye Deutschland is an event which I really appreciate. I like the variety of stages and the difficult weather. It's going to be a big, big challenge."

Outside of the J-WRC meanwhile, a privateer Swift Super 1600 will be driven by Niegel's fellow countryman, Martin Johansen.


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