The Brazilian driver bounced back to finisht 24th overall nd to earn to two Manufacturer points for BWRT.
Rally of Germany proved to be a learning curve for the BWRT driver Daniel Oliveira who could happily get to the end of this demanding ninth round of the FIA World Rally Championship on board the Stohl Racing-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
Oliveira suffered some setbacks during the weekend which dropped him to the 43th position; however, he and his Portuguese navigator Carlos Magalhaes were able to bounce back to finish 24th overall and to earn to two points for the Manufacturer’s Championship.
The last day of action took the drivers to the Mosel region once again to tackle just three stages. There were two stages scheduled indeed since the 30.76km Dhrontal test was tackled in consecutive runs with a 60-minute regroup at Leiwen in the middle.
With rain reported in and around the rally base in Trier, the drivers had to face difficult conditions today. There was no need to push any harder for Oliveira, even more in wet and tricky conditions and that’s he set a cautious pace for his first run through this stage which featured seven downhill hairpin bends, in narrow streets, in the vineyards.
The second run through the Dhrontal test was run in reverse order for the WRC class so as to prepare everything for the Power Stage; and Daniel’s Ford Fiesta was the first car on the road. Although t he road conditions were trickier, with lot of mud after the first pass, Oliveira was able to improve his time for over 40secs.
Finally, and with plenty of spectators out to watch the show in the streets of Trier, Daniel rounded up a great recovery by finishing out with the Rally of Germany tackling the 4.37km of the Circus Maximus Power Stage.
“It was a rally meant to learn a lot. We made some mistakes, we had to re-join the rally but I was happy to be in the finish ceremony. The team did a really great job yesterday to recover the car and that enabled us to continue in the competition. We have to keep on working to improve our pace so as to avoid going into Rally 2 and just get straight to the end of the rallies. Now we will try to get more confidence for France”, said Daniel.
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