From Chris Biewer [ 30/06/2004 ].
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Peugeot Sport press has confirmed today that they will run a 3rd Peugeot 307 WRC for the first time on the forthcoming Rally Finland. However the choice of driver is a little surprise. Daniel Carlsson was widely tipped to become the first driver to profit from a 3rd 307 entry. This is not so. The 3rd Peugeot 307 WRC will in Finland be driven by Sebastian Lindholm & Tomi Tuominen. Thus Peugeot will have a full Finnish 3 car team in Finland! Basti Lindholm is not new to Peugeot Sport. As Marcus Grönholm’s cousin, Basti lead a busy life being an official Peugeot Sport test driver and gravel noter. Basti Lindholm also currently leads the Finnish Rally Championship in his MGR run Peugeot 206 WRC Evo3.
Basti Lindholm already competed as a full Peugeot works driver in Finland 2000, when he finished 5th and scored makes points for Peugeot. In the Rally Finland 2003 Basti finished ahead of Juuso Pykälistö, even though Basti’s private 206 was of an elder and lesser spec.
Preparations for Peugeot’s immediate extended program are in full swing in other areas as well. Freddy Loix and Sven Smeets will start in the Eifel Rallye on 15-17 July. The Eifel Rallye is a round to the German championship and Freddy Loix hopes to get his hands again into competition for Rallye Deutschland, Tour de Corse and Rallye Catalunya, where he will be driving the 2nd nominated 307 WRC. The entry in the Eifel Rallye is with a Peugeot 206 WRC and is serviced by Peugeot Sport themselves rather than by a satelite team like Bozian.
In addition to this, current Peugeot Sport production manager Pierry-Yves Dujardin will also take over the technical management of Peugeot Sport. This responsibility was previously in the hands of Michel Nandon. Michel Nandon keeps his main responsibility of design and engineering work on the 307 WRC. The move is to assist Michel Nandon in concentrating on further development of the Peugeot 307 WRC, which at the moment has priority.