Fuchs debut PWRC win with Symtech

Fuchs debut PWRC win with SymtechFrom Symtech Racing [ 28/10/2012 ].
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Nicolas Fuchs has become the first Peruvian to claim a win on the Production Car World Rally Championship after he triumphed on the penultimate round of the series in Sardinia last weekend.     He claimed his debut victory at the wheel of a Symtech Racing Subaru Impreza STR12 to place himself into contention for the title on the final round of the Production Car World Rally Championship in Spain next month – where there will be a thrilling five-way fight for the title. But Symtech Racing has plenty of experience when it comes to winning championships, having claimed the Production title last year with New Zealander Hayden Paddon.

On the rough and rocky gravel roads of Sardinia, Fuchs build up a commanding advantage on the first day of the event, to lead by more than a minute and a half as several of his rivals fell by the wayside in the harsh conditions. With ambient temperatures in excess of 28 degrees centigrade and rocks just waiting to rip off a wheel, drivers had to carefully balance performance and consistency while relying on the strength of their cars.

However, a puncture meant that the Symtech driver's hard-fought advantage was eroded on the second day – and Fuchs was forced to keep his nerve and control his winning margin all the way to the finish in the glamorous yachting resort of Porto Cervo on Sunday. As always, he was accompanied by his Argentine co-driver Fernando Mussano, with the duo finishing 14th overall.

"It's a relief to finally claim this important victory, on a rally that was so challenging from start to finish," said Fuchs. "We had no mechanical problems whatsoever, but the puncture we experienced just goes to show how many hazards there were on this rally and how easy it is for things to change in an instant. We're now in a position to fight for the championship on the final round, although realistically it's going be tough. But we've already seen that anything can happen on this series – so we're certainly going to be giving it our best shot!"

Among the people to congratulate Fuchs and Symtech at the finish was Subaru Tecnica International's George Donaldson. "I know just how tricky these stages are, so Nicolas has done a great job to become the first Peruvian to win a major international World Rally Championship event like this," said Donaldson. "The fact that he did so with no problems, on stages that are notorious for being harsh and catching out even the world's top drivers, just underlines the strength and quality of the cars."

Symtech Racing and Nicolas Fuchs will be back in action in the Production Car World Rally Championship on the mixed-surface Rally of Spain from 9-11 November.