Premature End For Dennis Kuipers After A Strong Battle For Points
Dennis Kuipers and Frederic Miclotte had to retire on the final day of Rally Italia Sardegna on Stage 16 after the Ford Fiesta RS WRC of the FERM Power Tools World Rally Team stopped with a broken gearbox.
"Of course it’s a little frustrating to retire, but I am very happy about our performance during this rally. We have definitely made a big step forward”, says Kuipers on his debut in Sardinia, the fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
The strong performance of the FERM World Rally Team became clear after a splendid sixth position on the last special stage on Friday. "Before the start of this special stage Fred and I had decided that we wanted to get the maximum. If your plan succeeds with the sixth place as a result, it feels fantastic. It’s a further confirmation of our progress.”
The pace of the FERM World Rally Team led to an improvement in the overall standings. At the start of the final day Dennis Kuipers and Frederic Miclotte were only 18.2 seconds down from tenth position, which brings with it a WRC point. This was a nice reward for a strong second day in which the FERM-team had to overcome a knowledge gap.
"I made no mistakes and the results were encouraging. We were in front of squads which we normally chase and that is very positive.” A conclusion who was shared by co-driver Frederic Miclotte: “The strong line-up made this rally an important indicator. I think we have shown our potential. That we had to abandon with a technical failure is regrettable, but it does not affect our performance here this weekend. "
The FERM World Rally Team will be back in the Acropolis Rally of Greece, from June 16 to 19. “I wish I could be back in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC already next week. I can’t wait to be on the stages in Greece”, ends Kuipers.