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Tasmanian driver Stephen Turner and his co-driver Daniel Willson have pulled off an incredible result at round 10 of the World Rally Championship, Rally Australia, finishing 14th outright and first 2WD class 6 in their Ford Fiesta R2.  

Their outright placing in this event is the highest place an R2 specification car has ever finished a WRC round.

Starting from 27th on the road the pair quickly moved up the start order and after the first full day of competition had moved into 17th outright.  “We knew it was going to be a tough event so we decided we would attack from the start while the car was fresh,” Turner said.

Pushing hard through day one and two the crew moved into the final day with a massive two minute lead over nearest class six rival, Adrian Coppin, driving an identical Ford Fiesta R2. “Our strategy worked perfectly, we could back off on the last day, conserve the car and let the others take risks trying to catch us.”

The teams success is also thanks to their sponsors; Kumho Tyres, Signworks, Autocraft and Moonah Auto Parts.  

“We are really pleased to give our sponsors a good result like this. The R800 tyres that Kumho supplied us were fantastic, we did the long 50 kilometre stage and had grip the whole time”

Looking to the future Turner is now determined more than ever to continue his success at an international level.  

“I think this proves that Daniel and I have what it takes. We were punching well above our weight all weekend and came out on top so I hope this leads to big things for us.”

Photo: Peter Whitten

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