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Jansen steers MITECH Subaru safely through WRC debut

Matt Jansen flyin high in New Zealand - Picture by Euan Cameron.

Current Rookie and Junior New Zealand Rally Champion, Matt Jansen, and Co-driver Jason Farmer, have successfully completed their first World Rally Championship event together – last weekend’s 40th Rally New Zealand – May 6th to 9th.

They steered their MITECH Welders-backed Subaru safely through all 21 stages, covering almost 400 kilometres of arguably the best rally roads in the world, to finish a very meritorious 23rd overall of the 54 starters – 38 finishers and 10th in the NZRC field.

“We are rapt to have done the whole event,” said Matt, “and although, like everyone else, we had our share of dramas and issues along the way, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of our first WRC rally together.” Continue reading Jansen steers MITECH Subaru safely through WRC debut

Citroen bosses tip Ogier for top seat in 2011

Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassi - Image by Citroen Racing.

Citroen Junior Team driver Sebastien Ogier – who came tantalisingly close to claiming his debut World Rally Championship victory in New Zealand – has been tipped for a manufacturer seat next year by Sven Smeets: the team manager of Citroen’s factory team.

With Ogier consistently outperforming Citroen’s official number two this year, Dani Sordo, the Frenchman has been linked to a move up to the works squad. But Smeets, formerly co-driver to Freddy Loix, ruled out the possibility of Ogier switching over this year – as the team feels that he still needs to build up more experience on asphalt: a surface where Sordo is extremely strong. Continue reading Citroen bosses tip Ogier for top seat in 2011