International Motorsports Roundup For Nov. 14
* Adapta World Rally Team duo Mads Østberg / Jonas Andersson completed a strong campaign with fourth place in a Fiesta RS WRC in Rally de España to clinch the same position in the drivers’ standings. Østberg led after the opening day, but slipped back after going off the road on day two. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Ott Tänak / Kuldar Sikk looked set for a strong result but the Estonian pair crashed on the final day whilst chasing a podium. Evgeny Novikov / Ilka Minor finished 10th after incurring a 10-minute penalty for using tyres that did not conform to the regulations. Czech Ford National Team’s Martin Prokop / Michal Ernst finished 15th, with Daniel Oliveira / Carlos Magalhães 20th in the Brazil World Rally Team car.
* Craig Breen / Paul Nagle capped an emotional year by winning the WRC-supporting FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship in Rally de España. They finished an impressive sixth overall in a Ford Fiesta S2000. The result marked Breen’s second title
triumph in as many years, having claimed the inaugural FIA WRC Academy crown in 2011 alongside his late co-driver Gareth Roberts, to whom he dedicated his SWRC success.
* José Suárez secured the runner-up spot in the FIA WRC Academy with his breakthrough victory in the Ford Racing-supported series on home soil in Rally de España. The win enabled Candido Carrera to lift the co-drivers’ crown. With all crews competing in identically-prepared Fiesta R2s, Pontus Tidemand / Stig Rune Skjaermoen made the early running on the opening day’s gravel. They won five stages out of six only for a double puncture to hand the advantage to Suárez. A sterling recovery earned Tidemand second. Recently-crowned Academy champion Elfyn Evans finished third, alongside new co-driver Seb Marshall.
* M-Sport prepared Fiesta R2s will continue to be the car of choice in the renamed FIA Junior WRC Championship, formerly the FIA WRC Academy, in 2013. The series, which remains the entry-level step on the WRC ladder, will be open to drivers under the age of 26 and will be contested over six European WRC rounds. The champion will be given the opportunity to enter a minimum of six events in the 2014 FIA WRC 2 Championship at the wheel of a Fiesta R5.
* Edoardo Bresolin / Rudy Pollet won the Ronde Balcone delle Marche in Italy in a Ford Focus RS WRC. Marco Tempestini / Anton Avram, in a Fiesta RS WRC, and Massimiliano Tonso / Guido D’Amore, in a Fiesta S2000, both finished third in their class.
* Driving a Ford Focus RS WRC, Mirko Puricelli / Domenico Pozzi finished second in class in the Monza Ronde by Vedovati Corse in Italy, ahead of Alberto Sassi / Gabriele Romei in a similar car in third.
* Nigel Mummery / Fiona Scarrett finished third in the Neil Howard Memorial Stages in the UK in a Ford Focus WRC.