Ah­lin can com­pete in WRC2 at Wales Rally GB de­spite Isle of Man en­gine fail­ure WIN

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Fredrik Ah­lin will com­pete in WRC2 on Wales Rally GB with a new pow­er­plant, af­ter en­gine prob­lems on the Rally Isle of Man in Septem­ber seemed set to rule him out.

Ah­lin will stick with the team who steered him to vic­tory on the Pirelli Carlisle Stages in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship this year – CA1 Sport – and will be part­nered by reg­u­lar team-mates David Bo­gie (WRC2 in a Skoda Fabia R5) and Thomas Pre­ston (Na­tional Rally in a Fabia R5).

On the Isle of Man, Ah­lin’s en­gine blew, but has now been re­paired by M-sport.

Ah­lin be­lieves his fron­trun­ning pace in the Bri­tish se­ries will put him at the front with the other WRC2 pace­set­ters.

“On gravel the pace has been good all year and con­sis­tent,” said Ah­lin. “The first two gravel events went re­ally well, we had some bad luck af­ter that. The prop­shaft went in Scot­land, there was noth­ing we could do about that. I feel very con­fi­dent, I think we can go there and do very well and we need to drive like we’ve done on gravel this year. We’re quite con­fi­dent we can go in with a very high pace.” ● The two lead­ing CA1 en­tries will have new co-driv­ers on Wales Rally GB. An­drew Roug­head joins Ah­lin for the first time, while Bo­gie will be part­nered by Kevin Rae af­ter work com­mit­ments pre­vented the Scot com­pet­ing for the whole BRC sea­son.

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