Kuipers Scores Four In A Row
Dennis Kuipers finished eighth in the slippery final round of the FIA World Championship. The FERM Power Tools World Rally Team has successfully conquered the tough conditions at Wales Rally GB at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
It is the fourth consecutive time that Kuipers and co-driver Frederic Miclotte bring home World Championship points and also the seventh time this year. “Our goal was to finish this season on a high and it has been absolutely successful,” said Kuipers at the finish.
The final rally of the season was a test of strength and the FERM team were served the typical Welsh dish of rain, fog, mud and slippery gravel roads in the stunning Welsh countryside. “The grip level was different everywhere so we had to make sure that we were always on guard. On some sections the mud was sticky but on other stages it was slippery like oil,” said Kuipers. Despite these tricky conditions Kuipers progressed from 13th position to the eight at the end of the rally.
After Germany, the magnificent fifth position in France and Spain, it is the fourth consecutive time that Kuipers and Miclotte finish in the top ten. “This statistic shows the progress we have made this season”, says Miclotte. “In Wales, we have proven that we are also getting quicker on gravel.”
Wales Rally GB brings ten extra points to the FERM World Rally Team and fifth position in the manufacturers’ championship, confirming a strong debut season of the team. The season finale brought four extra points for Kuipers in the drivers’ championship and the Dutch driver finishes 12th in the final standings.