Rally de Portugal
FIRST POINTS FOR DENNIS KUIPERS AND FREDERIC MICLOTTE
In a very challenging Vodafone Rally de Portugal, the FERM Power Tools World Rally Team finished for the first time in the top ten in their Ford Fiesta RS WRC. As a result both driver Dennis Kuipers and co-driver Frederic Miclotte scored their first point. Also for the FIA manufacturers' championship table, FERM WRT scored two points.
"To score points for both Fred and I so early in the season and in such a tough rally, is just the greatest feeling!" says a delighted Kuipers "We have fought to achieve this result. It was the toughest rally of my life."
Co-driver Miclotte won a point in the navigators ranking. "I am very happy with the points, especially how we did this after Mexico. It was such a difficult rally - there is not a scratch on the car and we are very pleased with the result we've achieved. "
The rally in the hills around Faro is described as the toughest gravel rally in Europe. The stages are a mix of fast and slow parts and all very technical. This in combination with the rough gravel roads a damaged suspension or a flat tyre was always a clear risk.
The FERM Power Tools World Rally Team endured the rock-hard rally 385 kilometers without any problems. Kuipers: "On Saturday we had a moment where we narrowly escaped a flat tyre. We were lucky at that instance "
The FERM World Rally Team earned ninth place in the FIA Manufacturers Championship. With the four points from Sweden and the two from Portugal, the team has now 6 points and is eighth in the overall standings.