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“Palletforce’s commitment to ‘work with the best’ applies to every strand of our business.”

 

 

World Champ Seals Rally Victory with Palletforce

World downhill mountain bike champion Gee Atherton successfully swapped two wheels for four to take a stunning victory on the Wales Rally GB National Rally.

Driving a Ford Fiesta R2 and backed by Palletforce, the Red Bull rider won his class and finished 15th overall on the event, which ran alongside the UK’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

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Palletforce Driver Secures One-Two Manx Rally Victory

Palletforce-backed rally driver Mark Higgins helped the DMACK British Rally Team score a super one-two victory on Rally Isle of Man – the final round of the MSA British Rally Championship.

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The triple British Rally Champion, and James Bond stunt-driving ace, was locked in a weekend-long battle with team-mate Elfyn Evans. Spilt by the smallest of margins, just 0.1 seconds going into the final loop of stages, Evans powered to a 5.9 second victory.

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Palletforce Joins Record-Breaking James Bond Star

Palletforce has partnered with James Bond stunt driver and the fastest Manx man on four wheels in an express delivery of a different type. The company is backing Mark Higgins, a triple British Rally Champion, as he bids for victory on Rally Isle of Man next weekend with the DMACK rally team.


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In June this year, Mark stamped his authority as the fastest driver on the island after smashing his own TT lap record for a car, setting an awesome average speed of 128.7mph around the world-famous course.

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Tanak Takes To Mexican Rally Challenge

Palletforce-backed world rally driver Ott Tanak is set to embark on one of the toughest events of the season when Rally Mexico gets underway tonight. The third round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is the first gravel event of the season and Tanak rose to fame last year after a spectacular accident on the opening day sparked huge global coverage.

 

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The 28-year-old Estonian and co-driver Raigo Molder slid off the road and plunged their Ford Fiesta RS WRC into a lake in 2015. After being fully submerged for 10 hours, the M-Sport team revived the car and Tanak went on to complete the event.

 

However, this year high altitudes, high ambient temperatures and high stage distances will all contribute to what's expected to be one of the toughest editions of this event. The challenge is set to peak on the final day when Tanak tackles a huge 80km stage – the longest test in WRC for over 30 years.

 

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Tanak Aiming For Pole Position With Palletforce

Palletforce rally driver Ott Tanak is aiming for pole position this weekend as he tackles Rally Poland – round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship. With a renewed sense of confidence at the wheel of his recently-upgraded Ford Fiesta RS WRC, the Estonian rally star has promised a push on the high-speed gravel roads in the north of the country near Mikolajki.

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After setting a string of quick times on the last event in Sardinia, Tanak is poised to capitalise on his experience of the Polish stages – after taking overall victory in WRC2 last season. The soft, sandy stages are ultra fast, similar to the roads in Estonia and demand high levels of commitment and confidence.

 

But it’s a tough event and the first day of action on Friday is tackled without an opportunity for mid-day service – putting even more pressure on Tanak to deliver a flawless performance.

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New Car, New Stages as Tanak Takes on Portugal

The FIA World Rally Championship returns to Europe for the traditional series of hot gravel rallies this weekend and Palletforce-supported driver Ott Tanak is hoping for a change of luck during the summer session. Rally de Portugal, which gets into gear tonight with a quick blast around Lousada rallycross circuit near Porto, brings a number of new experiences for the Estonian driver and he's planning to make the most of the opportunity.

 

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The rally has moved north to Porto for the first time in 14 years so the special stages and gravel roads are completely new to everyone. That means a level playing field and a few unknowns as the move introduces softer roads and sandy surfaces.

 

But Tanak has one new weapon in his armory – an all-new Ford Fiesta world rally car. The new 2015-spec machine was launched last night and Tanak hit the Portuguese stages at Shakedown this morning. He's hoping a number of improvements and raft of new technology will give him the boost he needs to challenge for the podium places among the world's top rally drivers.

 

"I'm looking forward to this event. I really like Portugal and I especially liked the Fafe Rally Sprint so I'm approaching it in a positive and confident mood," said Tanak. "It's a clean sheet as a new rally with a new car gives us the opportunity to put our bad luck behind us.

 

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Arduous Argentina as Tanak Returns to Action

After an action-packed Rally Mexico last month, where his Ford Fiesta RS WRC was submerged in a lake for over 10 hours, Palletforce-backed rally driver Ott Tanak is hoping for a quieter return to the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Argentina this weekend.

 

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However, the fourth round of the World Series is a huge challenge and features everything from fast roads across the vast plains to rocky mountain passes high above the clouds.

 

Estonian Tanak has put his Mexican adventure well behind him and has spent the last few weeks testing his M-Sport team's new 2015 specification car – so he's well up to speed.

 

But this weekend's event is steeped in rally history for being able to throw everything at crews. Weather can be unpredictable and the range of roads and conditions is extremely diverse. And one of the most arduous stages comes on the final day when Tanak and co-driver Raigo Molder tackles the iconic El Condor test.

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Rally Team Events

Palletforce continues its ethic to 'Work With The Best' after partnering with FIA World Rally Championship hot-shot Ott Tanak for the 2016 season and the 2016 DMACK British Rally Championship Team.

 

World Rally Championship 2016

 

21st – 24th January - Rallye Monte-Carlo

11th – 14th February - Rally Sweden

3rd – 6th March - Rally Guanajuato México

21st – 24th April - Rally Argentina

19th – 22nd May - Vodafone Rally de Portugal

9th – 12th June - Rally Italia Sardegna

1st – 3rd July - 73rd LOTOS Rally Poland

28th – 31st July - Neste Rally Finland

18th – 21st August - ADAC Rallye Deutschland

8th – 11th September - Rally China – Beijing

29th September – 2nd October - Tour de Corse - Rallye de France

13th – 16th October – Rally RACC Catalunya - Rally de España

27th – 30th October - Wales Rally GB

17th – 20th November - Rally Australia

 

MSA British Rally Championship 2016

 

5th – 6th March - Mid-Wales Stages, Newtown Gravel

8th – 9th April - Circuit of Ireland, Belfast Asphalt

30 April – 1st May - Pirelli Carlisle Rally, Carlisle Gravel

25th June - RSAC Scottish Rally, Dumfries Gravel

9th - 10th July - Nicky Grist Stages, Builth Wells Gravel/Asphalt

19th – 20th August - Ulster Rally Asphalt

15th – 17th September - Rally Isle of Man, Douglas Asphalt

 

Rally Day

 

24th September – Castle Combe