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Novikov tops shakedown

Fresh from his best result to date in the World Rally Championship in Sardinia, Evgeny Novikov warmed up for this weekend's Acropolis Rally by setting the pace during the shakedown session in Greece.

The Citroen Junior Team driver took an impressive fifth place in Italy and was the man to beat during shakedown, held on a rough gravel road close to the service park in Loutraki.

The Russian driver completed five runs through the stage at the wheel of his C4 WRC and posted a quickest time of 2min 19.8secs to finish ahead of Sebastien Loeb.

“The stage was good, but as the cars were passing, it became quite rough,” he said. “I tried different car set-ups.”

Behind Loeb, Federico Villagra was third quickest for the Munchi's Ford team, while Mikko Hirvonen, Matthew Wilson and Sardinian winner Jari-Matti Latvala rounded out the top six.

Dani Sordo, Petter Solberg, Sebastien Ogier and Henning Solberg rounded out the top ten – the latter having been forced to use one run through the stage to make pacenotes after an issue during the recce.

“In the first passage we were writing the stage, because we didn't have notes, due to a problem with the recce car yesterday,” he said. “I am satisfied with the car; the SS was OK. I tried some suspension adjustments, towards a softer setup.”

Shakedown times – Acropolis Rally:

1. Evgeny Novikov Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 02mins 19.8secs MT
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 02mins 20.1secs M
3. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 02mins 20.2secs MT
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 02mins 20.4secs M
5. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 02mins 20.6secs MT
6. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 02mins 20.8secs M
7. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 02mins 21.2secs M
8. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC 02mins 22.3secs A8
9. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 02mins 22.3secs A8
10. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 02mins 22.6secs MT
11. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC2008 02mins 23.0secs A8
12. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 02mins 26.5secs MT
13. Khalid Al-Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 02mins 26.5secs A8


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Novikov Evgeny (rus) Moscat David (aus) Citroen C4 Wrc Citroen Junior Team
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