Following an operation that will require two months convalescence, Risto Pietila?nen, Harri Rovanpera's usual co-driver in the works 206 WRC Peugeot, will be unable to take part in the next two rounds of the World Rally Championship.

Therefore, for next week's Rally Finland, an event for which home driver Rovanpera is regarded a strong favourite, Pietainen will be replaced by Voitto (pronounced 'Voday') Silander who previously partnered Rovanpera in the WRC in 1997 and some of 1998.



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