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The FERM Power Tools World Rally Team prepares for a special season finale. During this week’s Wales Rally GB the Ford Fiesta RS WRC will feature the special colours of the winning design from the Draw 'n' Race design competition.
Dennis Kuipers said “Wales has a special place in my heart. The unique design of the FERM car makes this edition even more special.”
Wales Rally GB 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 Kuipers and co-driver Frederic Miclotte finished sixteenth in this rally classic. The FERM duo target a move towards the top ten this year. “We want to finish the last rally of the season on a high, but this year’s event is four days. The trick is to be ready for the challenges that come our way,” says Kuipers.
The stages of this year’s Wales Rally GB have changed significantly compared to previous years. The opening day includes stages, which have not been used since 1981 and 1996, whilst on Sunday the closing stages of last year are driven in the opposite direction. The FERM team has to travel almost 2000 kilometers in four days.
“This is definitely a tough rally,” says Miclotte. “But the confidence is there. Both in France and Spain we fought until the end and we finished in a very good position. We will use this experience to make it a great final rally.”
FERM Draw 'n' Race competition: the winner
The FERM Draw 'n' Race competition challenged gamers, rally fans and designers to create its own design for the FERM team for Wales Rally GB. This resulted in hundreds of entries from all over the world. 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 Ford Fiesta RS WRC 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