Kuipers Grabs Airmiles And Manufacturers’ Points
In one of the most specialised rallies in the WRC, the FERM Power Tools World Rally Team managed to score points in the Manufacturers’ championship in their Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Kuipers and Frederic Miclotte managed, in the hilly gravel roads of Finland to finish 11th overall.
"We spent a lot of time in the air," says the Dutch rally driver after competing in the 22 special stages near the university town of Jyvaskyla. The combination of the high speed, and the hills resulted in many long jumps. Finland is so dangerous because one easily jumps too long and ends up in the trees.
"It is very exciting, I still have a smile on my face. " Kuipers completed the eighth round of the World Rally Championship grabbing many air miles. "The difference in speed between the recce and the actual race is huge, I am delighted that we got a lot mileage in this legendary rally.”
"We really benefited from the experience we have gained two weeks ago during the rally in Estonia," said co-driver Frederic Miclotte. "This weekend we had the speed, without overestimating ourselves."
The 11th position confirms the progress Kuipers and Miclotte have made. "We have increase our experience, last year we had a crash, this year we finished and bring home valuable experience and points," concluded a satisfied Kuipers.
FERM Power Tools World Rally Team have now scored Manufacturers’ points in five out of seven WRC events. The total of 16 points brings the Dutch team to eighth position in the overall standings.
The next race is the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the first tarmac rally of 2011, which will run from 18 – 21 August.
by: FERM Power Tools World Rally Team