Mentos Ascania Racing press release
Mentos Ascania Racing in Top-three in Rally Australia!
I’m very happy with my performance here, it was our first time in Australia and I think we did the best we could.
The 3rd day of Rally Australia brought the true triumph for Mentos Ascania Racing – two Ukrainian crews finished the rally with perfect results. Aleksandr Saliuk kept his 3rd position and got the P-WRC podium for the first time this year. Valery Gorban took the 5th line on Sunday and thereby got even more – now Gorban is the 3rd in the total P-WRC ranking after Rally Australia.
Aleksand Saliuk made a sensation in P-WRC today –Ukrainian driver joined the top-three struggle for the first time. His steady and efficient driving through the day made him good result and more enjoyment from the rally: “I like today’s stages very much, - said Aleksandr Saliuk . – Especially the long SS22 was beautiful with the rhythm changing all the time. Unfortunately we have a spin before the and of the stage and lost about 10 sec. The rest was perfect and I’m really happy to finish here”.
Valery Gorban and his co-driver Andrey Nikolaev kept their self-controlled tactics today. It made a good effect for the crew – Gorban got the 5th place! Thereby two Ukrainian crews got into Top-five of Rally Australia P-WRC againe. “We started to hear some strange noises coming from our Mitsubishi , - said Valery Gorban . – But now it’s ok. I’m very happy with my performance here, it was our first time in Australia and I think we did the best we could”.
Today was the great day for Mentos Ascania Racing: our team not only completed its major task and finished the rally but got the high result in P-WRC also. Our drivers got very significant points and that improved Ukrainian ranking: Aleksandr Saliuk is the 7th in P-WRC now and Valery Gorban is the 3rd. Ukrainian flag is in top-three P-WRC and no other Ukrainian national team did such success before.