KNAF Talent First Team Holland: both teams score J-WRC points – perfect result....

KNAF Talent First Team Holland: both teams score J-WRC points – perfect result....

04.08.2008: KNAF Talent First Team Holland: both teams score J-WRC points – perfect result....

NESTE OIL RALLY FINLAND – DAY 3 (SUNDAY)

• Hans Weijs jr.: 8th place reward for hard team work, but not satisfied yet….

• Kevin Abbring: 6th place after impressive drive at Rally Finland debut….

At the finish of the Rally Finland there were congratulations (and laughing faces) at the KNAF Talent First Team Holland and this was for both Kevin Abbring/Erwin Mombaerts (Renault Clio) as for Hans Weijs/Hans van Goor (Citroën C2). Kevin Abbring made a impressive debut in what is regarded as the most difficult round of the WRC and he scored his first J-WRC point by finishing 6th.

Hans Weijs could not be unhappy with his 8th, after having struggled with various problems throughout the event. Both teams are really going well together, not only are they helping each other, but they are also supporting each other when it comes to deal with the pressure participation in a world championship brings for inexperienced youngsters! The Dutch ASN team closes the gap with Team France by scoring the maximum points (18) for the ASN Cup.

Kevin Abbring

"Great rally, fantastic stages, super!" Kevin Abbring could not find more words to describe his feelings when he crossed the finish line earlier today. And he was right – the 19-year old Dutchman drove a superb rally, and in one of the most difficult rallies in the world he managed to bring his well prepared Renault Clio home in 6th place. A better debut is hardly impossible.

Despite another puncture on the opening stage this morning Kevin and his Belgian co-driver Erwin Mombaerts did not have any problems today and were able to consolidate their points-scoring position. "I’m very pleased with the result – now I’ll try even better in Rallye Deutschland in two weeks time to see where we really stand…. We have much more tarmac experience and I gained a lot of self confidence here in Finland!" said Abbring with a smiling face.

 

Hans Weijs jr

After a small ‘rebuild’ of his car Saturday evening (a.o. suspension, clutch, etc.) Hans Weijs jr started the final day with a fresh car and he did well on Sunday on the final three stages; the car felt better than before, but Hans Weijs was not still very happy: "Although 8th place is a reward for my team, who really had to work hard to keep us in competition, I had hoped for more before the start of the rally.

However, Finland is a great rally, but you need more testing and experience to really do well. Our Citroën C2 R2 Max was doing fine, but I know we can get more out of it – maybe we should spent some more time with Citroën Sport together to get the maximum out of it," said Weijs at the finish in Jyväskylä. "In Germany we will use our new car (tarmac version) and I’m really looking forward to the competition at stages that we are more familiar with."

 

Rally Finland

Finally a non-Scandinavian driver won the Neste Oil Rally Finland again: despite a spin on the 23rd special stage Citroën-driver Sébastien Loeb won, only 9 secs ahead of the Finnish Ford-driver Hirvonen. Chris Atkinson (Subaru) finished in a fine third place.

In the J-WRC victory went to Czech driver Martin Prokop (Citroën C2), ahead of Swedish driver Patrik Sandell (Renault Clio) and Polish driver Michal Kosciuszko (Suzuki).

 

- Willy Weyens also photos -

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04.08.2008 / MaP

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