Powell begins his attack of the WRC Rally Spain

Powell begins his attack of the WRC Rally Spain

Written by Robert Cadiz

John Powell began his attack of the WRC Rally Spain 2012 this morning with the all the hope and pride of local motorsport fans. He started amongst the world’s best including 9-time and current World Champion Sebastien Loeb, and multiple winner and Ford teammate Petter Solberg. Driving for Team Ford M-Sport, Powell had 2 practice runs this morning followed by the qualifying stage which determines the start order for Rally¬†Spain.

Driving a WRC Ford Fiesta for the first time Powell was able to keep the rest of the field within sight as he tried his best to acclimatize to a car that he has never competed in before. With the first run he was 17 seconds adrift of Loeb, and with the second pass managed to close to 15 seconds. With 2 practice runs under his belt Powell drove extremely well to eventually sit 12 seconds behind Loeb, the eventual winner of the qualifying round.

The M-Sport management were very pleased with Powell’s start to the event, while John himself was just happy to get the nerves out on the first few runs. This leaves John 16th overall, beating a few other WRC career drivers in the process. Rally Spain 2012 officially starts Friday morning, and will finish Sunday testing the drivers in over 300km of gravel and tarmac surfaces.

John Powell and Mike Fennel in their Ford Fiesta RS WRC at the Shakedown of Rally Spain

John at the Shakedown stage in Salou, Spain

John at the Shakedown stage in Salou, Spain



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