AUSTRALIA’S Brendan Reeves will contest an end-of-year shootout for a free drive in the 2016 WRC after finishing a brilliant second in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy on Spain’s Rally Catalunya at the weekend.
Reeves, co-driven by his sister Rhianon Gelsomino in a one-litre Ford Fiesta R2, won a wildcard entry to the Vatanen Touch competition sponsored by 1981 world champion Ari Vatanen.
The winner of the Vatanen Touch from among season-registered DMACK Trophy entrants and non-registered wildcards will score a one-off drive in a Ford Fiesta R5 in a 2016 WRC round.
At the start of the final day in Spain, Reeves was one of only three drivers not to have had a problem or made any major mistakes in the rally. He continued to pressure leaders Marius Aasen and Tom Cave as they battled for the outright championship.
As the battle heated, Cave found himself in a ditch after braking too late and Reeves moved into second. Cave got going again, but had lost over seven minutes to Reeves.
As the day progressed, Reeves swapped his front tyres to the rear so that he had fresh rubber and also tried different ECU maps. After the first loop of stages, he started to claw back time on Aasen in first place.
However, the Australian ran out of time to catch Aasen when the rally was ended prematurely on stage 22, following the crash of Sebastien Ogier on SS23 that blocked the road.
“It’s been amazing to compete at Rally Spain and the feeling is even sweeter with getting second place in DDFT (DMACK Trophy),” Reeves said.
“Now we need to see what we can work on for the future, but we certainly proved that we have great pace in the car and it would be great to get a program together for next year.”
Reeves and Gelsomino thanked more than 110 supporters who assisted them to compete in Spain.