Kuipers replaces Hanninen at Rally de Portugal
- 4th April 2013, 10:13am
Kuipers will take to Juho Hänninen’s Ford Fiesta RS WRC as the Finn – who was due to make a welcome return to the team – is regrettably unable to attend due to personal reasons.
Kuipers is well versed when it comes to Rally de Portugal and M-Sport’s WRC specification Fiesta. Contesting the event last year, he and fellow countryman, Robin Buysmans – who will once again be calling the notes for the Dutchman – recorded one of their best ever results when they took their Fiesta RS WRC to sixth place overall.
Notably, Kuipers also holds the record for the best ever performance by a Dutch driver at rallying’s highest level – piloting a similar Fiesta RS WRC to fifth place at the 2011 Rallye de France - Alsace.
M-Sport send their wishes to Juho and his family, but look forward to working with Dennis and Robin once again.
Dennis Kuipers said:
“Firstly I want to send my best wishes to Juho [Hänninen] and his family and I am sure the team will agree that it won’t be quite the same without him and Tomi [Tuominen, Hänninen’s co-driver] in the service park.
“But I also need to say a big thank-you to Malcolm [Wilson] and Nasser [Al-Attiyah] for making it possible for me to compete in Juho’s absence. I really enjoy this event and it holds a lot of good memories for me. I can’t wait to get back to the WRC and I am really looking forward to working with M-Sport once again.”
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