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Martin steps down, Bernardi in Peugeot seat

As expected, Markko Martin has stepped down from the Peugeot seat for the final three World Rally Championship events. The Estonian lost his very close friend and co-driver Michael Park at the Rally of Great Britain. The talented ace rally driver...

As expected, Markko Martin has stepped down from the Peugeot seat for the final three World Rally Championship events. The Estonian lost his very close friend and co-driver Michael Park at the Rally of Great Britain. The talented ace rally driver needs time to recuperate and decided on his future.

Peugeot will finish out the season with Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen at the helm in their Peugeot 307 WRC. In the absence of Martin, Peugeot has named a young French driver to the team for the second 307 in the two asphalt rallies.

Nicolas Bernardi will step into his first WRC car at his home event, Tour de Corse. The young rallyist currently runs with the FFSA Equipe de France team in a Peugeot 206 WRC in the French Rally Championship, leading the points.

Bernardi's co-drive, Jean Marc Fortin, moves up to the top ranks of the FIA rally competition with him. After taking on the challenge of their home rally, the two will compete in Spain at Rally Rally Catalunya.

Peugeot has not named the team for the season finale in Australia. For Rally of Japan, Daniel Carlsson and co-driver Matthias Andersson competed, the two Swedes finished eighth.

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Series WRC
Drivers Marcus Gronholm , Daniel Carlsson , Michael Park , Nicolas Bernardi , Markko Martin