Dennis Kuipers feeling orange for Wales
The FERM Power Tools World Rally Team prepares for a special season finale. During the rally WalesGB the Ford Fiesta RS WRC will have the special colors of the winning design from the Draw 'n' Race design competition. Kuipers: "Wales has been a special place in my heart. The unique design of the FERM car makes this edition even more special."
The rally of WalesGB, is home to a rich variety of gravel roads through the forests of Wales. It is the third time that Kuipers participates. ”The unpredictability of the rally is what makes Wales such a great rally. It is the combination of road and weather conditions. Rain, fog, snow, it can be very spooky in the forests. "
Last year Dennis and Fred finished sixteenth in this rally classic. The FERM-duo target a move towards the top 10. "We also want to finish the last rally of the season on a high, but this one is four days. The trick is to be ready for the challenges that come our way " sais Kuipers.
The stages of the Wales Rally GB changed significantly from last year. The opening day includes stages, which were not use since 1981 and 1996, whilst on Sunday the closing stages of last year are driven in he opposite direction. The FERM team has to travel almost 2000 kilometers in four days.
"This is definitely a tough rally," says Frederic Miclotte navigator. "But the confidence is there. Both in France and Spain we fought until the end and we finished in a very good position. We use this experience to make it a great final rally. "
FERM Draw 'n' Race competition: the winner is...
The FERM Draw 'n' Race competition challenged gamers, rally fans and designers to create its own design for the FERM team for the rally WalesGB. This resulted in hundreds of entries from all over the planet. The design of Helio Rodrigues from Portugal was chosen as the winning design. He created a striking and powerful orange design for the team. The 32-year-old engineer from Lisbon, is a huge fan of racing games and has a passion for design. In addition to his livery being incorporated onto the Fiesta of Kuipers and co-driver Frederic Miclotte, he will attend Wales Rally GB as a guest of FERM Power Tools World Rally Team and WRC2. Together with the creators of the official WRC game a video was produced to see the new livery already in action in Wales http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOn_BdRakvk.