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SWRC: Rally New Zealand: CFNT leg 1 summary

New Zealand - Martin Prokop holds 3rd position in S-WRC standings after Leg 1 Also in their third rally in the World Rally Championship 2010 Martin Prokop and his co-driver Jan Tomanek are fighting for podium positions. Czech Ford ...

New Zealand - Martin Prokop holds 3rd position in S-WRC standings after Leg 1

Also in their third rally in the World Rally Championship 2010 Martin Prokop and his co-driver Jan Tomanek are fighting for podium positions. Czech Ford National Team's crew holds third position in S-WRC rankings after the opening day of the Rally New Zealand 2010.

S-WRC 2010 continues with fourth event in New Zealand. Czech Ford National Team missed last S-WRC round in Jordan, but Martin Prokop and Jan Tomanek and their Ford Fiesta S2000 are in the same great form like during the opening rounds in Sweden and Mexico, and they are fighting for the podium in their category again.

The rally's opening day featured 159 competitive kilometres arranged over nine special stages north from Auckland, where the rally base had returned after three years. The move to North allowed the return to some classic stages not seen in the championship since 2005, including the longest stage of the rally, 32km-long special stage Bull. Friday ended with short all- asphalt super special stage in Auckland.

New Fiestas S2000 were unbeatable on Friday. Three Fords settled in 1-2-3 positions after the opening special stage and held them until the evening service break. Czech Ford National Team's crew was fighting with other two Ford drivers Jari Ketomaa from Finland and Xevi Pons from Spain. After the morning loop held Martin Prokop and Jan Tomanek second position in S-WRC rankings, but in the afternoon they didn't catch the speed and rhythm as Xevi Pons did, and fell down to the third position.

Martin Prokop, Czech Ford National Team's driver: "From our point of view everything was ok, but we still lost in the afternoon. What is wrong, we don't know why. We drove the same speed as we did in the morning, we tried our best, but it wasn't enough. In the evening service we did everything we managed to do, and we've hoped there hasn't been an engine problem. It's disappointing we've had these problems, because the Rally New Zealand is a beautiful rally and I want to enjoy it. Today's special stages were little bit slippery and quite technical, anyway everybody went flat out, which was an electrifying experience. It has been a great rally, well, except the long distances between special stages, which are very tiring."

The Rally New Zealand continues tomorrow with Leg 2. The first of eight Saturday's stages starts already today (Friday, May 7) at 9:43 pm CET. The super special stage, that will close the schedule of Day 2, begins at 5:59 am CET (Saturday, May 8).

-source: cfnt

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Series WRC
Drivers Jan Tomanek , Martin Prokop , Jari Ketomaa