Low Fly Zone For Dennis Kuipers
The FERM World Rally Team is on the eve of yet another unique event: Neste Oil Rally Finland. Dennis Kuipers and Frederic Miclotte are ready for a high-speed two-day adventure in their Ford Fiesta RS WRC after successful preparation in Estonia.
The eighth round of the FIA World Rally Championship runs through the gentle and smooth gravel roads of the impressive forests of Finland. The paths are wide, mostly straight with the occasional gentle curve or hill.
“This is the fastest rally of the season,” says Kuipers. “You drive almost exclusively in the fifth and sixth gear, between 150 km and 200 km per hour. That makes it a very difficult rally. You need to work as a team to get used to the speed and jumps over the hills. The speed also makes the notes more important because there is very little margin for error.”
In 2010 Dennis and Frederic were introduced to the recalcitrant nature of this competition when they rolled on the 13th special stage. “Especially on the slower parts of the rally lies the danger, you must be quick to change the pace. For the Scandinavians, driving on these roads is second nature. For me, as a Dutchman, it is not.”
To prepare for this rally the FERM-team participated with a FERM Ford Fiesta S2000 in the Rally of Estonia earlier this month. This rally is similar in nature to Finland and Dennis finished eighth overall and third in the S2000 class.
“The rally went very well. I am very happy with the speed we found. It will also help us to make good notes in Finland,” said the Belgian navigator.
Miclotte is looking forward to the adventure in Finland. “It's one of the most difficult, if not the hardest rally of the season. Finland is not without danger, but the high speeds give me a kick. We will try to push on every special stage.”
FERM Rally Fact
This rally is defined on the calendar as one of the most exciting of the championship. The event is full of high speed corners, huge jumps and unforgiving roads. The rally is a lot smoother and faster than any of the other gravel rallies seen so far this year so because of this we are able to lower the height of the car to make it more like a tarmac specification car. We will fine tune the car set-up during the pre-event test and shakedown where we will make camber adjustments to suit the cambered roads so the Michelin tyres work as best as they can for the unique event characteristics.
by: FERM World Rally Team