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JWRC: Finish critical, says Kosciuszko.

Suzuki's Michal Kosciuszko has said that a finish will be essential this weekend on the Rally de Espana if he is to 'maximise' his chances in the Junior World Rally Championship.

Kosciuszko is currently fourth in the race for the Junior crown and while he will need a miracle to beat current leader Sebastien Ogier - who is 12 points in front - the Polish star has a good opportunity to grab the runners-up spot.

Indeed with Aaron Burkart only two points in front - and Shaun Gallagher three ahead, it is all to play for.

"Catalunya is one of the rallies that I know quite well as I have done it for the last two years," said the Suzuki Sport Europe man. "Although last year we unfortunately had to retire after an accident, the year before we finished fifth with an Ignis.

"We will have to keep a close eye on the championship situation now, which is interesting and although we are fourth, we are only three points off second place. Above all we need to finish in Spain in order to maximise our chances on the final round in Corsica."

Burkart concurs that a good result will be essential and he is determined to try and finish in front of Kosciuszko's Swift in his C2 S1600.

"I really like the Catalunya Rally," added the German. "The stages are quick, the lines are clean, and we get a great deal of grip out of the cars on the stages. My objective for this penultimate round of the season will be to be quicker than Kosciuszko. So I need to get a good result here to be sure of being in a strong championship position before Corsica."

Gallagher meanwhile is in a slightly different position, as while he is currently in front of Burkart and Kosciuszko, he opted not to nominate France at the start of the year and thus Spain is his last chance to add to his tally.

"I'm hoping for a strong result in what will be my final Junior round, as Corsica is not on my programme this year," he explained. "This means that Spain is my last chance to be sure of a good place in the final Junior World Rally Championship classification.

"I need to score as many points as possible – preferably by finishing in the top three – to keep my podium place at the end of the year. Whatever happens, this has been an extremely useful season for both me and my team. The performance of my Citroen C2 Super 1600 has allowed me to step up a gear, and I want to finish 2008 on a positive note in Spain."


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