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FSTi: Anglade eyes second win

Patrick Anglade is aiming to pick up his second consecutive Fiesta SportTrophy International victory in Poland this weekend - and maintain his place at the top of the points table.

The German, who won the last event, is likely to lead the way, although the third round in the 2009 FSTi series will also see the first re-appearance of reigning FSTi champion Emre Yurdakul.

He will be joined by Castrol Ford Team Türkiye team-mate Burcu Cetinkaya to take on Russia's Denis Grodetskiy and the Team Abu Dhabi drivers Majed Al Shamsi, Ahmed Al Mansoori and Bader Al Jabri.

"We have a perfect basic position," said Anglade, who put in a measured performance in Sardinia to take the victory and leapfrog Craig Breen at the top of the FSTi drivers' standings.

"Right now, 18 points separate us from second-placed Craig Breen, who will not be taking part in the rally in Poland but I think we have to count in the Turkish team since they have been participating in the FSTi for two years and know their car by heart.

"It would be nice to come first in my division once more after the victory in Sardinia. Our possible score then would allow us a more relaxed attitude concerning the next event, the really difficult rally in Finland.

"To finish the rally there is our first priority because we do not and cannot afford a 'flop' at the moment."

Yurdakul however, is likely to be a big threat as he launches the defence of his title. Having missed the opening two rounds, he has a stern test ahead of him and he will have to get use to a new co-driver too, in the shape of Burak Erdener.

Cetinkaya, a strong contender in last year's FSTi, also returns for another crack at the title and, like her Castol Ford Team Türkiye team-mate Yurdakul, has a new co-driver for Rally Poland as she pairs up with Bahadýr Gücenmez.

Veteran FSTi competitor Grodetskiy earned his first ever FSTi points in Sardinia. The Russian put his experience to good use taking four stage wins on the final day of competition there. He will be hoping to build on that at the closest FSTi event to his home, and present a real challenge to the championship leaders.

Bader Al Jabri leads Team Abu Dhabi's FSTi challenge after round two of the competition - where he took two stages wins and finished in second place overall. The young Emirati will be gunning for another podium although team-mate Majed Al Shamsi is likely to be hot on his heels.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Al Mansoori must put the disappointment of his crash in Sardinia firmly behind him as he aims to repeat his FSTi round two performance in which he gained a podium.



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