The Drivers Rui Madeira and Fernando Prata Lisbon (Portugal), February 6, 2002 - As in the previous season, the Ford Galp Energia Racing' Ford Focus WRC will be put to pace through the hands of Rui Madeira and co-driver Fernando Prata, also...
Rui Madeira and Fernando Prata
Lisbon (Portugal), February 6, 2002 - As in the previous season, the Ford Galp Energia Racing' Ford Focus WRC will be put to pace through the hands of Rui Madeira and co-driver Fernando Prata, also known as 'Fanã' on the rally arena.
While driving it during 2001, Rui Madeira and Fernando Prata have reached the Best Portuguese Team position at the Tap/Rally of Portugal, and soon after that they have granted a couple of overall victories on two other gravel rallies, a performance that enhanced Ford's success story on the Portuguese Rally scene above the 100 victories step. By the end of the year, after a somewhat tough season, they would end up 4th on the championship.
Rui Madeira has started rallying in 1990, while participating and winning that year's edition of the Seat Marbella Rally Cup. From then onwards, the driver's rally results have improved every step of the way.
He was Group N Portuguese Rally Champion in 1993, while driving a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4, a result that Rui Madeira would repeat the following year, on another manufacturer car. He would then win the FIA World Cup for Group N Drivers in 1995, after granting brilliant successes in Portugal, France, Spain and England.
In 1996 he won the TAP-Rally of Portugal, a rally where he has managed to get excellent results, as before that, in 1998 and 1999, he ended up as the Best Portuguese Driver on both occasions. On an international scale, it also worth mentioning his victory on the 1997 Thailand Rally. During the 2000 season, Rui Madeira made his come back to the Portuguese rally scene, ending the season 4th overall.
As for Fernando Prata, his rally involvement goes back to 1974, representing about 300 rallies within the Portuguese Championship, where he has granted 17 overall victories. From his vast competition story, which grants him an almost unmatched experience within the Portuguese rally scene, there's also four overall Co-Driver Champions titles - 1988, '89, '90, '91 - plus another one within the Group N, back in 1986.