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SOLID ‘FINNISH’ AT FIESTA-FILLED FINLAND

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WRC A FULL 2014

SOLID ‘FINNISH’ AT FIESTA-FILLED FINLAND

2012 Rally Mexico

3 August 2014

M-Sport World Rally Team’s Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans have completed Rally Finland in fifth and seventh places respectively. The two M-Sport drivers were amongst eight Ford Fiesta rally cars in the first 15 finishers – giving M-Sport’s range of award-winning machinery an impressive 53 per cent of the overall top-15.

It was a somewhat frustrating weekend for home hero Hirvonen. As one of the most specialised events in the FIA World Rally Championship, Finland demands perfection. The forests are quick to punish a lack of confidence and the Finn admitted that a hesitant run through the event’s preliminary stages cost him dearly.

Hope of a resurgent comeback was subsequently halted through the second pass of Jukojärvi (SS20) when a stray rock damaged the suspension components of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Embarking on the event’s final three stages, the M-Sport man was keen to put on a show for the home crowd. Thoroughly enjoying the final day’s legendary speed-tests, the Finn continued to entertain the crowds; building on yesterday’s longest jump through Päijälä – 41 metres at 148 kilometres per hour – with more air time and sideways action.

In the sister M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, Evans came to the end of the rally hungry for more. There is no greater thrill than powering a world rally car through Finland’s rollercoaster stages and the youngster is relishing the opportunity to return with his newly gained knowledge.
Progression was the name of the game for the young Welshman and after a somewhat shaky start whilst getting accustomed to the rally’s unique nature, Evans showcased some encouraging progression. Growing in confidence as he better understood the characteristics of his Fiesta through the fast-paced stages, he became more comfortable which prompted some highly impressive split times.

Having only completed the full event behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R2 in his previous encounters, the Welshman experienced the unforgiving stages through a completely different lens this weekend, and the knowledge gained will be invaluable to his future development.

Mikko Hirvonen (5th) said:

“It’s been a bit up and down and I’m a bit disappointed as we were aiming to be able to fight for the podium. It wasn’t so bad at the start of the rally and on Friday I was really happy with the way we were driving and where we were fighting. But then we made a small mistake and when that happens and you start to hesitate like how I did on Saturday, you just lose so much time. You really can’t afford to do that around here.”

Elfyn Evans (7th) said:

“Before this weekend I had only ever completed the full distance in an R2 car so to come here for the first time in a world rally car was a bit of an eye opener! There’s no comparison between the two. To have the opportunity to drive a car like this on these stages is absolutely incredible.

“This is such a unique event that there is an element of specialist pacenotes and specialist driving styles. Everything we’ve learnt this weekend will be very important for the future and I’m sure we’ll be a lot stronger when we come back as a result.”

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Mikko [Hirvonen] wasn’t where he wanted to be this weekend, but it was an encouraging performance from Elfyn [Evans]. He showed some good progression and was very professional when he picked up a puncture on Saturday afternoon – ensuring that he got the car safely back to service. The experience he has gained here this weekend will be of huge benefit when he returns next year.”

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Just as the Ford Fiesta filled the overall classification, M-Sport’s range of award-winning rally cars also dominated the FIA World Rally Championship’s premier support series. The Fiesta won all but one of the 26 stages in the WRC 2 category, monopolising the top-five and delivering 2014’s sixth clean-sweep of the podium.

Piloting a Printsport Ford Fiesta S2000, Karl Kruuda claimed his second win of the year having previously secured victory at the wheel of his Fiesta at Rally Sweden in February. The Estonian faced stiff competition from the Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta R5s of Jari Ketomaa and Ott Tänak who fought back to secure the final two podium positions. The Ford Fiesta RRCs of Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Eyvind Brynildsen rounded off the top-five.

This weekend’s victory continues the Fiesta’s unbroken run of wins so far this year. With two victories for the Fiesta S2000, three for the Fiesta R5 and three for the Fiesta RRC, M-Sport’s full range remain highly competitive and reliable performers. Indeed the top nine places in the championship standings are occupied by Fiesta drivers.

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“It’s been another dominant performance by the Ford Fiesta in WRC 2. Once again the results have proved that our entire range of rally cars have both the performance and the reliability to challenge at the very top of the category.”

DRIVER STATISTICS
AFTER RALLY FINLAND
OVERALL RESULTS

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THE ITALIAN RALLY JUNIOR 🇮🇹 🌎 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP UNVEILED IN CAMPIDOGLIO 🇮🇹 🌎

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THE ITALIAN RALLY JUNIOR 🇮🇹 🌎 2022 CHAMPIONSHIP UNVEILED IN CAMPIDOGLIO  🇮🇹  🌎
The Italian Rally Junior 2022 Championship unveiled in Campidoglio
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The 10 crews that will take part in the Italian Rally Junior 2022 Championship have been announced today in Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio. The series dedicated to the youngest rally protagonists devised by Automobile Club d’Italia and ACI Sport will have Motorsport Italia as technical partner and will collaborate with Pirelli, Renault and Sparco. The cars employed for this series are the brand new Renault Clio Rally5. Motorsport Italia has also introduced the 10th edition of the Rally di Roma Capitale.
This event took place in the presence of Assessor for Big Events of Roma Capitale Alessandro Onorato, Automobile Club d’Italia’s President Ing. Angelo Sticchi Damiani, CONI’s President Giovanni Malagò, the General Director of ACI’s Motorsport Marco Ferrari, the General Director of ACI Sport Marco Rogano, Automobile Club Roma’s President Giuseppina Fusco, the Vice President of Consiglio Regionale Lazio Daniele Leodori, Renault Italia’s Marketing Director Biagio Russo, Sparco’s Brand Manager Niccolò Bellazzini, Pirelli Rally Product Manager for Italy Walter Nicola and Motorsport Italia’s boss Max Rendina.
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An important collaboration will also be with ACI Sport’s Federal School Michele Alboreto, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Always in the front line for the training and tutoring of young drivers in all the sectors of motorsport, the School directed by Raffaele Giammaria will organize several extra testing sessions to allow the protagonists of the series to improve their skills of preparing races. This activity will be led by the 12 times Italian Champion Paolo Andreucci.
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In the pictures: on top, the crews, on the right the Renault Clio Rally 5.
The Campidoglio at a glance (lower left), Sara Carra, the first woman in the CIAR Junior, on the new Sparco racing seat (lower right).
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#MotorsportItaliaTV 🇮🇹 🌏 THE WEB CHANNEL STARTS 🇮🇹 🌏 ▶️ https://motorsportitalia.tv/

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#MotorsportItaliaTV 🇮🇹 🌏 THE WEB CHANNEL STARTS 🇮🇹 🌏
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