TIDEMAND CLINCHES WRC2 TITLE IN GERMANY

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TIDEMAND CLINCHES WRC2 TITLE IN GERMANY

SWEDISH driver Pontus Tidemand won the WRC 2 title after finishing third in the championship’s leading support category at ADAC Rallye Deutschland on Sunday.

Eric Camilli claimed victory the M-Sport Ford team on the four-day asphalt event in Saarland, ending Skoda Motorsport’s 12-rally winning run. Tidemand’s podium at the wheel of a Fabia R5 also helped seal the WRC 2 teams’ title for the Czech squad.

Camilli began the final leg with a comfortable advantage over long-time leader Jan Kopecký, whose advantage was wiped out when he suffered a puncture on Saturday afternoon.

The Frenchman eased through the short final leg in Saarland to bring his Fiesta to the Bostalsee finish 48.1sec clear of Kopecký. Tidemand, who also dropped time with a puncture on Saturday, finished 1min 02.6sec behind his teammate.

“We’ve worked very hard and the team has prepared very well before every rally. They’ve been putting all efforts there to take this title. That we managed to do it with one rally to go is very good,” said Tidemand, who has his sights set on a World Rally Car drive.

“Soon, it should be time to take this step up. We will see. We’ll just keep working hard and need to get the chance,” he added.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.