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Brendan retains second in WRC Academy title chase

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Brendan and Rhianon have finished round 5 of the WRC Academy, Rally France, in fourth place and remain second outright in the Championship.


Rally France didn't start too well for the Aussie duo when a puncture on the second stage of the rally (Friday's opening stage) cost them over two minutes and dropped them from third back to sixth. With another 14 stages remaining, though, Brendan and Rhianon were confident they could work their way back up the leader board.


On Friday's afternoon stages they did just that, setting consistently good stage times and winning the final stage of the day, the Super Special at Mulhouse. They finished the day in fifth place.


“We didn’t start off too well today with a puncture on the first stage [SS2]." Brendan said. "I’m not sure what it was – just a small cut on the tyre. But we re-grouped and have set some really good times. We were really close to the top and then we got a stage win on the last one – it is only a short stage, but still a championship point!


“We have eight new dry-tyres for tomorrow now and 190 km so we should be in a good position. The tyres didn’t really wear much today but it was completely dry in some places and really muddy in others.


“On some of the new stages the pacenotes weren’t great, but we improved our times a lot on the second pass.


“It has been tricky, but we are still enjoying it a lot.”


With another eight stages to contest on Saturday, Brendan and Rhianon were aiming to maintain their speed and consistency and put in a strong finish. Two of the morning's four stages were cancelled - one due to an accident and the other due to excessive crowds - so at the midday service the pair remained fifth.


The afternoon's stages were good for Brendan with a couple of top-three stage times, and he and Rhianon finished the rally in fourth place, the 12 Championship points earned enough to retain second outright in the WRC Academy title.

 

Welshman Elfyn Evans won the event and in doing so secured the 2012 WRC Academy title. Brendan will head into the final round, Rally Spain, just two points ahead of Jose Suarez in the battle for second place - not bad for a driver from Down Under who only gets to drive the Fiesta R2 come rally day, unlike his competitors who own their own Fiestas and drive them regularly.

Whilst Brendan is second in the Drivers' standings, Rhianon leads the Co-Drivers' standings.


Despite his disappointment at not finishing on the podium, Brendan was happy to retain his position in the Championship.


“It was a tricky day. We started back in sixth position, trying to claw our way back from the puncture yesterday. But we pushed on and set some really good stage times. Pontus [Tidemand] and I had a really great battle and then Fredrik [Ĺhlin] came in on it as well which was good fun.


“We’re improving all the time, but it is just not consistent enough yet. We need to be more consistent on the variety of [Tarmac] surfaces because there are five or six types of roads on one stage here and in the more open stuff we’re still not getting it quite right. But we’re working on it!”

More time spent testing and competing in European events would certainly help the determined Aussie duo who have proven they have what it takes to get to the next level.


Brendan and Rhianon will return to Australia early this week and the next event on their schedule is the Coffs Coast Rally, a round of the Australian Rally Championship, where they will drive the zero car.

 

Results, Rally France (WRC Academy)

1. Elfyn Evans, 25 points
2. Jose Suarez, 18 points
3. John Macrone, 15 points
4. Brendan Reeves, 12 points
5. Frederik Ahlin, 10 points

 

WRC Academy standings after Rally France

1. Elfyn Evans, 126 points
2. Brendan Reeves, 76 points
3. Jose Suarez, 74 points
4. Pontus Tidemand, 59 points
5. John Macrone, 59 points