Ready for the mixed surface in Spain
Photo: Andre Lavadinho
New challenges are waiting for the Norwegian duo, Marius Aasen and co-driver Veronica Engan, at this week’s Rally de España - the only mixed surface round of the WRC game.

The last year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy winners Marius Aasen and Veronica Engan are back in Spain, where they won the DDFT Championship and became a part of the DMACK team in the WRC 2 class.

This time, Rally Spain will give the duo an extra challenge – because they have never driven the Fiesta R5 car on tarmac before. But they have good memories from last year’s win in DDFT and will try get into the rhythm and show some speed.

Rally de España, will once again be based in Salou and the PortAventura Service Park will be the only service park used during the rally. The rally kicks off today with a city special stage in Barcelona.

The mixed rally starts with gravel tomorrow with a three-stage loop, repeated twice with only a tyre changing in the middle. Here you also find the longest stage of the rally, at 38.95km “Terra Alta” with a tarmac section in middle.

At Saturday the tarmac part of the rally starts and once again the Salou stage, will run near the beach Saturday evening. Before the crews cross the finish podium back in Salou on Sunday, they will run 19 stages over 321.08 kilometres.

Marius Aasen said:
“Rally Spain is a special rally with the mixed surface, but it’s one of my favourite rallies. The tarmac section will for sure be a challenge as we have never driven on that before with the R5. But I like challenges and I also have good memories from the past from this rally: Victory in DDFT last year, and 2nd place in JWRC 2013. The WRC2 class is one of the biggest classes in the WRC and maybe the hardest one – with many fast drivers. I will do my best and I want to show some speed during the rally, but I have to remember the that I haven´t sit in a rally car since the beginning of August. This rally year is all about getting experience.”