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CONSTANT DEVELOPMENT GIVES STARD CONFIDENCE FOR ESTERING

Team STARD is confident of a strong performance in the German round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship this weekend at Estering, the last European event of the season.

The Austrian team, owned by former World Rally and World RX driver Manfred Stohl, has appeared in the semi-finals in all but three rounds of World RX this season fielding a Ford Fiesta for Latvia’s Janis Baumanis as an individual entry. Baumanis made the final after a neck-and-neck race to the finish line with Team Peugeot Total’s Sebastien Loeb in the semi-finals in Canada, then won the Monster Energy Super Charge Award for having the fastest reaction away from the start line.

At the World RX of USA almost two weeks ago, privateer team STARD, which doesn’t have manufacturer support like some teams in World RX, worked on developments to its Fiesta Supercar through the weekend at the Circuit of The Americas in Texas, giving reason to be confident heading to Germany this week. "Estering is an old-style track, not really comparable to the many more modern circuits on the World Championship calendar. Everything is very, very narrow there, there are almost no run-off and you're almost always driving next to the armco barrier. Also, the gravel gets very rough, with many holes,” explained Stohl.

“In Austin the performance was especially good on the second day of the race for us. Our engineers and Janis intensively analysed everything after the races in Loheac and Riga, where we just missed the semi-finals. The knowledge gained from this has now been implemented to help us improve and the fact that we were fighting for a place in the final at Austin is the reward of really hard work. Buxtehude could become a highlight for us, I am very optimistic.”

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