Suzuki man Niegel takes points on his JWRC debut Germany's Florian Niegel turned in a faultless drive on his first ever round of the Junior World Rally Championship, guiding his Suzuki Rallye Junior Team Germany-run Swift Super 1600 to a highly...
Suzuki man Niegel takes points on his JWRC debut
Germany's Florian Niegel turned in a faultless drive on his first ever round of the Junior World Rally Championship, guiding his Suzuki Rallye Junior Team Germany-run Swift Super 1600 to a highly credible fourth place on the Jordan Rally. Niegel's car ran without any problems through the final day. Unwilling to take any risks, Niegel took a measured approach to the stages, which were once again run in extremely hot conditions close to the Dead Sea. The event finished on the banks of the Dead Sea this afternoon. He did, however, push a little harder on the final stage of the rally the tortuous 41.45km Jordan River test in order to move up one more place, which he did so successfully.
Suzuki Sport Europe driver Jaan Molder looked well set to collect his second runners-up spot in as many Junior World Rally Championship rounds in Jordan. The Estonian was looking comfortable in second before he rolled off the road and into retirement on the first stage of the afternoon. Michal Kosciuszko's second Suzuki Sport Europe Swift Super 1600 did not re-start this morning.
News from Jaan Molder (Suzuki Swift n.32):
"This morning was good for me, the first two stages in particular went well. I had some problems with the notes in the third stage. We had three or four moments when the car was sliding a lot. I decided that Sebastien [Ogier] was too far ahead to try and catch him. Crashing out on SS20 was really disappointing. It was looking like I was going to take more points from Jordan, but now there's nothing. Very tough."
News from Michal Kosciuszko (Suzuki Swift n.35):
"We were expecting a good fight in Jordan. On the stage, I think we could show our potential. It was going well and we continued our test for Sardinia and found the right set-up. I believe we will be able to have more competitive fight in Sardinia for victory."
News from Florian Niegel (Suzuki Swift n.43):
"I am so happy to get to the end of this event. I can't tell you how tough it has been. The sun and the heat have been incredible. The car has worked so hard and been really reliable. I wasn't going to push too hard this morning. I didn't want to make any mistakes. Really, with the finish and points on my first time out in sight, I did not want to make any mistakes with the car, but to be able to push a bit harder and get into fourth on the final stage was amazing."