New Zealand - Third podium in row and second place in S-WRC for Martin Prokop After third place in Sweden and second in Mexico succeeded Martin Prokop with his co-driver Jan Tomanek also in New Zealand. Czech Ford National Team's crew finished...
New Zealand - Third podium in row and second place in S-WRC for Martin Prokop
After third place in Sweden and second in Mexico succeeded Martin Prokop with his co-driver Jan Tomanek also in New Zealand. Czech Ford National Team's crew finished third and moved up to 2nd position in S-WRC standings.
The final day of the 2010 Rally New Zealand was unchanged from the 2008 edition and took crews more than 150km south of Auckland to two stages near the west coast town of Raglan. The rally's third and final day featured 81 competitive kilometres and just four Special Stages. After leaving Auckland, crews tackled a loop of two stages including the classic Whaanga Coast which hugs the Tasman Sea coastline. After a remote 15-minute service in Raglan, crews tackled the same stages again before heading back to Queens Wharf in Auckland for a 10 minute service and the finish podium.
Martin Prokop and his co-driver Jan Tomanek scored 4th fastest time on Sunday's opening stage and they should look back and try to save their position. Patrick Sandell was fourth overall but only 10 seconds behind Prokop. Czech Ford National Team's crew pushed hard and was the fastest on SS19 Whaanga Coast beating all the rivals by more than 14 seconds. Prokop was more than 20 seconds faster than Pons on this stage and he closed the gap to second Spaniard to 16.4 seconds.
On the following stage Pons could easily increase his lead and it was enough for him to defend his position, although Prokop scored the fastest time on last stage again.
Czech Ford National Team still leaves New Zealend satisfied. Martin Prokop and his co- driver Jan Tomanek scored third podium in row, they won three special stages in their cathegory and scored valuable points.
Martin Prokop, Czech Ford National Team's driver: "On Sunday we pushed really hard, we pushed more than on Friday and Saturday. It was again really close and we had the opportunity to fight for second place. Whaanga Coast special stage is really tricky, but we had good rhythm and beat everybody. We had some technical issues on Friday, so we were not able to fight for victory, but we are satisfied with this result. I know, we are able to fight with anybody in S-WRC and we will try it again in next events."