Brazil WRT press release
Daniel Oliveira retires in the last stage of the German’s vineyard
The Brazilian gave up his chances of completing the rally with just one stage to go
Daniel Oliveira and Carlos Magalhaes were at the verge of completing every single kilometre of Rally Deutschland until an off-the-road forced them to drop out of the rally with just the Power Stage remaining.
After two demanding days in this FIA World Rally Championship ninth round, Daniel came into the last day of competition with the single aim of finishing his first fully tarmac test so as to gain valuable experience before the other two tarmac rounds –France and Spain- scheduled later in the calendar’s season.
For the final day of action the drivers returned to the beautiful landscape of the green vineyards of the Mosel region, filled with narrow and extremely rough roads which Daniel and Carlos had already experienced on Friday’s stages.
Daniel started the day in high-spirits with his MINI John Cooper Works WRC and managed to score very good splits and a special stage time on the opening stage (SS16) Dhrontal, where he showed himself stronger than rivals like Ken Block (Ford) and Patrik Flodin, at the wheel of another Prodrive’s MINI. Unfortunately, on SS17 Moselwein, Daniel went off the road. Although his car was in conditions to continue it got stuck and there was nothing the BWRT crew members could do to return to the road.
“Everything was going on well this morning. Indeed, we were lucky today since it didn’t rain and I felt really strong with the car during the first stage. However, in the next one, I went wide to avoid the gravel on a corner and the car went off. There was no signal of damage, and we tried to get back to the road by all means but it was worthless.
It was a shame, I think we were doing a great job in our first time on tarmac, and I did really want to complete the rally. Nevertheless, I have gained a lot of experience, and I think that so did the team with regards to the set-up for the coming events on tarmac”.
Watch out, Kangaroos.
But before returning to the European tarmac the BWRT crew members will tackle a special event like Rally Australia, to be held for the first time based on Coffs Coast, in New South Wales, from September 8th to 11th.
And that day has come.
Sebastién Loeb German’s supremacy, and with his incredible bout of eight straight wins he has been claiming in this event since 2002 came to an end after his Citroen team-mate Sebatién Ogier clinched his fourth victory of the season. This event also meant the first podium for MINI in more than 40 years thanks to Dani Sordo, who finished in third position on the third appearance for the official squad.