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JWRC: BFGoodrich Swedish Rally preview

BFGoodrich's commitment to world class rallying doesn't only concern the World Rally Championship. The young drivers who compete in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) will also benefit from BFGoodrich technology in 2006 and 2007.

BFGoodrich's commitment to world class rallying doesn't only concern the World Rally Championship. The young drivers who compete in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) will also benefit from BFGoodrich technology in 2006 and 2007. Inaugurated in 2001, the junior series is restricted to Super 1600 cars and this season's campaign kicks off in the forthcoming Swedish Rally.

The two-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb, the 2005 Rally Australia winner Francois Duval and Daniel Sordo, the revelation of 2005, all cut their teeth in the JWRC before passing on to the highest level of the sport.

"It is important for a brand like BFGoodrich, which stands for passion, the spirit of competition and innovation, to play its part in giving rallying's up-and- coming talents, the future World Champions, a chance to show their ability" says the Michelin Group's Competition Director Frederic Henry-Biabaud. "BFGoodrich is delighted to be working with the stars of tomorrow and will partner the JWRC during both the 2006 and 2007 seasons."

This year's Junior World Rally Championship features nine rounds, the first of which is the Swedish Rally which counts toward the series for the first time. In addition to being the 2006 calendar's opener, it has necessitated the development of the highly specific g- Force Ice suited to Super 1600 machinery.

"The development of this tyre was undertaken on location in Sweden, at the end of 2005. Competitors will have a chance to test it further on the Sunday before the rally begins," points out BFGoodrich's Rallies Programme Manager Aime Chatard.

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