Third world rally championship success for Suzuki


 Suzuki has claimed its third Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) title in seven years after a dramatic finish to Rally de Espana in its Suzuki Swift Sport.

Talented young German ace Aaron Burkart looked to have his JWRC dreams dashed on Saturday night after a crash, but the proven reliability of his Swift Sport shone through on Sunday to give him his first JWRC driver’s title.

Arch rival Hans Weijs – who was in the box seat for the race and the title after Burkart’s mishap on Saturday – could only watch as the never-say-die Suzuki star passed his broken down Citroen on Sunday.

Burkart’s fourth position and 12-point yield was enough to secure him the championship by four points in one of the most tightly contested JWRC events in memory.

Burkart’s teenage team-mate, Karl Kruuda, was denied the chance to secure third position in the championship after being denied a permit to drive by the Spanish authorities due to his age.

The triumph added to the two JWRC titles won by former Suzuki star Per-Gunnar Andersson in 2004 and 2007.

The 2010 season marks the end of a glittering era for the Suzuki Sport team, which will join Monster Sport Europe in the UK from 2011 as part of the new WRC Academy series.

2010 FIA JWRC Standings

1. A. Burkart (Suzuki Swift Sport) 80

2. H. Weijs (Citroen) 76

3. T. Slavov (Renault) 59

4. K. Kruuda (Suzuki Swift Sport) 51

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