WRC – Kuipers Scores Points In Gruelling Acropolis Rally

June 20, 2011


Dennis Kuipers and Frederic Miclotte have once again managed to score World Championship points in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. In a gruelling edition of the Acropolis Rally, the FERM team finished tenth overall and eighth in the Manufacturers’ championship. “I know now: in the Acropolis you get nothing free.”

Tenth position brings Kuipers his fourth World Cup in six consecutive rallies, his navigator Fred doubles his season total to two points.  The four points earned in Greece bring the FERM World Rally Team scored to a total of 14. “I had been told in advance what to expect, but now I’ve experienced it myself I know why this rally is one of the toughest in the WRC” said Kuipers after his debut in the legendary Greek classic. “The roads are really rough, the stages are long and the heat exhausting.”

The rally demanded the FERM team to do their outmost to achieve a great performance. The struggle began after the ceremonial start at the Acropolis. “Friday we found our rhythm quite quickly, even though the last race had been a while back,” says Dennis. It resulted in twelfth position after the opening day.

During the long Saturday Dennis and Fred leaped forward. After the second stage on the day , the FERM duo were in tenth position and in contention for points. During the night stage, Bernardo Sousa overtaken and they moved up to ninth.. Kuipers: “From morning until eleven hours at night in the car is incredibly heavy. I’m glad I worked on my fitness in the last weeks, this came in very handy today. ”

On the final day Ford Abu Dhabi Team driver Jari-Matti Latvala overtook the FERM team.  In the remaining five stages the tenth position was successfully defended. “Once again, world championship points, really great!” shouts Kuipers at the finish. “I’m really happy because this is a very tough and competitive rally. I know now: in the Acropolis you get nothing free. ”

Frédéric Miclotte Navigator is also delighted with the strong results. “Dennis and I grab a point and for the FERM team four points. We have quickly picked up pace and made no serious mistakes, which would have been very feasible in the legendary rally” concludes the Belgian navigator.

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