FANTASTIC 5th FOR KOSTI Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver Kosti Katajamaki scored his best ever result in the World Rally Championship coming home 5th in Rally Turkey and scoring five valuable manufacturer points for the team. Meanwhile Matt Wilson...
FANTASTIC 5th FOR KOSTI
Stobart VK M-Sport Ford driver Kosti Katajamaki scored his best ever result in the World Rally Championship coming home 5th in Rally Turkey and scoring five valuable manufacturer points for the team. Meanwhile Matt Wilson finished 13th in the gruelling event.
Kosti and his co-driver Timo Alanne have driven in just five rounds of this year's championship and the 29 year old Finn was delighted to prove he can compete and, more importantly, beat the big name regulars. He did have a scare on the final stage, whilst sitting in 4th he suffered gear box problems and lost that position by just 1.1 seconds.
"I have mixed emotions; whilst it is my best ever WRC finish, I was so close to coming 4th. But it was a technical problem and I am just very happy that I didn't make any mistakes this weekend," said the Finn.
The rally suffered a difficult start due to horrendous weather conditions which made stage surfaces treacherous all weekend. Then on Saturday afternoon there was even snow as the teams headed into the southern Turkish mountains.
Matthew Wilson had a character-building weekend with his WRC 04' Ford Focus suffering from under steer until half way through the event. Co-driver Michael Orr dislocated a vertebra after the car hit a large hole on the first competitive stage. The Northern Irishman has since had a weekend of pace notes, painkillers and massage. But they plugged on consistently and the Matt's times improved as the weekend progressed.
"I have enjoyed it but it has been really difficult this weekend. For me the crucial thing is getting as much experience as I can and I certainly drove in some conditions that I have never seen before."
Team Manager Malcolm Wilson added "It was a great result for Ford, who got the 1-2 but to also have both the Stobart Ford's finishing too -- it's just been fantastic. Kosti drove really well and his manufacturer points are great for the team but it also helps BP Ford in the title chase by keeping some points from Citroen. Matt drove well in difficult conditions and keeps building his experience."
WRC now heads to the southern hemisphere with the next round in Australia in two weeks time.