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Rally New Zealand was a successful outing for Malcolm Wilson’s M-Sport outfit. Powered by Ford, M-Sport’s latest creations the Ford Fiesta S2000 powered to victory not only in the premiere WRC class, but swept to a one-two-three victory in the S2000 World Rally Championship category too.
After a fierce battle last weekend, it was Jari Ketomaa and Mika Sterberg who topped the leaderboard at the end of the three-day long rally. Ketomaa surprised all to beat Xavier Pons (Ford Fiesta S2000) to the finish, as Pons has claimed three victories thus far in the S2000 Championship this season. Continue reading Ketomaa leads Ford 1-2-3 victory in S2000 in New Zealand
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 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