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Supercars champion van Gisbergen nets podium on ARC rally debut

Reigning Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen finished second on his debut in the Australian Rally Championship.

Shane van Gisbergen, Skoda Fabia R5

Shane van Gisbergen, Skoda Fabia R5

The New Zealander swapped his Triple Eight Holden for a Red Bull-backed R5 specification Skoda Fabia to contest the National Capital Rally in Canberra, the opening round of the Australian series.

Despite having limited competitive rallying experience under his belt, van Gisbergen and co-driver Glen Weston quickly adapted to the discipline to end the opening day of action in second behind 2019 champion Harry Bates.

Van Gisbergen continued to impress and rounded out the gravel rally by winning the power stage, to add further gloss to his second place finish, 1m26.6s behind Toyota driver Bates.

"It's just been a pleasure all weekend, everyone has been really welcoming," said van Gisbergen. "The team has been awesome, it's been great working with Glen and learning quite a lot.

"I love this sport and I really want to do more. It's a big challenge, a big mental game. You have got no references, no one to tell you to go faster, you're just on your own out there with your co-driver and you have got to trust the notes and trust in each other a lot. It's very different."

Van Gisbergen is keen on further rally outings although the next round of the ARC clashes with Supercars' visit to Winton on 20-22 May.

"There's a few conflicts but I would to do more," he added when asked about contesting more rallies. "Hopefully this weekend helps and we'll see what we can do."

The 32-year-old will return to his Holden Commodore for the third round of the Supercars Championship, which supports this weekend's Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Nikki Schelle, Team Europe Ford Fiesta Rally5

Nikki Schelle, Team Europe Ford Fiesta Rally5

Photo by: Sophie Graillon

Team Europe claims Rally of Nations title in Mexico

Team Europe clinched victory in the Rally of Nations Guanajuato event after overhauling Team Norway in Mexico.

The event, marking its return since 2009, welcomed a host of current and former World Rally Championship drivers to compete for their respective nations.

To ensure competitors driving different specification cars can compete special time co-efficient is haded to each car that is calculated from a base time set by a Ford Fiesta Rally2.

Team Europe consisting of Nikki Schelle (Ford Fiesta Rally5) and Sebastian Barbu (Renault Clio) managed to overhaul the Norwegian pair and long-time leaders Mads Ostberg (Skoda Fabia R5) and Eyvind Brynildsen (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X).

M-Sport Ford WRC driver Adrien Fourmaux (Ford Fiesta Rally2) helped guide Team France to third alongside team-mate Felipe Suberville (Mitsubishi Evo X).

Former World Rally Championship driver Matthew Wilson (Ford Fiesta Rally2) and current American Rally Association frontrunner Tom Williams (Ford Fiesta Rally3) finished sixth for Team UK.

One-time WRC event winner Harri Rovanpera, the father of Toyota WRC star Kalle Rovanpera, came home 11th for Team Finland.

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