SWEDEN'S P-G ANDERSSON RECEIVES ABU DHABI SPIRIT OF THE RALLY AWARD
Swedish rally driver, P-G Andersson has been given the Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally award in recognition of his outstanding performance on his home soil at Rally Sweden -- the only snow rally in the
World Rally Championship (WRC).
The young local talent performed to the highest standards possible throughout all three Rally Sweden days, claiming his first ever win in the Super 2000 (S-WRC) category.
Andersson excelled under the pressure of a home crowd. Spurred on by his loyal supporters he not only out-performed his peers, winning an unprecedented nine consecutive stages, but also recorded faster times than some WRC crews, finishing in respectable 10th position.
The Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally award, created by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), is presented at each WRC round to mark an outstanding feat of leadership, integrity, respect or teamwork.
"P-G and his fan base demonstrated that nothing can substitute home support and local knowledge. The young Swede excelled on his familiar terrain, taking full advantage of his Scandinavian heritage and respectfully rewarding his dedicated fans with a triumph."
"It is up-and-coming talent and ability such as this that we wish to recognise and to urge our own budding sportsmen to emulate," said Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General, ADTA.
Andersson, the twice FIA Junior World Rally Champion, and now Rally Sweden S-WRC winner, was anxious to share the glory with his growing fan club.
"It's a great feeling to be appreciated for what you are doing, it's a special emotion," he said. "The number of supporters has been much better than I expected. With no Swedish drivers in WRC and me leading the S-WRC, for sure they are supporting me and making a difference to how I drive."