- 1.11.2001 -
British champion joins
Simon Evans for Rally Australia assault

British Rally Champion Marko Ipatti will join Simon Evans and the Raceworx Team for a two-car assault on Rally Australia in Perth, held November 2-4. It is the second time the Victorian-based outfit Raceworx has attracted a high-calibre driver to join the team, the first was Canadian Patrick Richard at Rally Melbourne this year.

The Finnish-born Ipatti is delighted to be coming to Australia but says he can't predict how competitive he'll be against his Australian opposition until he gets out here. "I have dreamed of coming to Australia. I have heard that it's a very good rally, with nice but slippy roads and nice people," an excited Ipatti said. "I expect a good result but you never know how the local Group N heroes will go. I hear they are very, very fast and I think it's always hard to come to somebody's home area and win."

Evans, who is also the current Asia-Pacific F2 Champion, is delighted to have Ipatti join the team for Perth and says having someone of his calibre on the team will give him a good chance to gauge his own speed in the Subaru. He expects Ipatti to be quick and admits he'll be driving to match times with the Group N specialist.

"Marko has a lot of experience and it's an honour and a pleasure to have him join us for the event," Evans explained. "To have a guy like Marko in the sister car will give us a pretty good indication of how we'd go against the international competition. "He's pretty highly rated and even though he hasn't been out here before he is a Finnish Ice champion and shouldn't have too much trouble on the slippery roads."

Raceworx pulled the deal together quickly, asking the dynamic Ipatti to join the team for Rally Australia in an identical specification Subaru Impreza (albeit left hand drive) to that which Evans has run in the Australian Championship.The car, which was run and then rebuild after Rally Melbourne, proved itself strong and fast and the ideal package to draw a driver the calibre of Ipatti.

Attracting a driver with Ipatti's experience is a coup for Evans and for Team Manager Tom Fyfe who is building the business to cater for both local and international drivers interested in rallying in Australia.

"What we're doing with the business allows drivers like Richard and Ipatti to come out here, hop into a competitive car and get a real taste for what Australian rallying's like," Fyfe explained.

"We have the infrastructure and resources to build a strong, competitive package."Fyfe and Evans agree that international interest in the ARC will continue to grow and say that working with Ipatti will give the team a greater understanding of what international competitors expect when rallying here. "We have a great product in the Australian championship,"

"After rallying in Asia, you realise what the Australian championship has to offer. It's unique, has great roads and there's a big opportunity to attract more interest in the championship," Evans said

Ipatti and Evans will undoubtedly provide thrills for the fans with their dynamic driving styles and personalities. Ipatti has attracted the nickname Bart, which he jokes is because of a bad haircut (read Bart Simpson) that has now grown out.

Evans expects Ipatti, who has a keen sense of humour, to "fit right in" to the team and can't wait to talk rallying to a man who as well known for his expertise in testing as he is for results in the forest.

- 1.11.2001 -
Retirement in Rally Finland

Marko was aiming to top places in Neste Rally Finland`s group N competition. Unfortunately rally ended in last day`s first stage. Marko was second in his group and he attacked with big risk. This time car crashed at top speed to the forrest. Marko and co-driver Harri Kiesi were OK, but race was over.

- 10.7.2001 -
Year 2001 BRC cancelled, Marko`s next rally in Rally Finland

Following cancellation of the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, with only two rounds remaining, the Motor Sports Association has cancelled this year's British Rally Championship.

The MSA stated that the championship would continue if at least three of the original seven rounds could run. With five events now lost to Foot & Mouth Disease, only the Kumho Tyres Scottish Rally (15/16 September) and the Jim Clark Memorial Rally (7-9 December) are currently planning to go ahead.

Commenting on the loss of the 2001 championship, MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: "By our own rules, once the number of remaining events went below three, we had no alternative but to cancel the entire championship. Our energy and attention will now be devoted to delivering a fresh and vibrant Championship in 2002." This is the first time the British Rally Championship has been cancelled since its' inception in 1958.

Next time Marko will drive in Finland`s World Rally Championship round Rally Finland with group N Mitsubishi Lancer in co-operation with Rally Rent Europe.

- 8.3.2001 -
Marko gets works seat in BRC

Scenary to Hyundai`s cabin.

Marko Ipatti will defend his British Rally Championships title with competitive worksteam WRCar. He will be one of few finnish rallydrivers to drive this year  in worksteam. Marko will be only driver in MSD`s BRC team with Hyundai WRCar. Kenneth Eriksson ja Alister McRae are competing with MSD`s Hyundais in World Rally Championship series. Marko are going to test Hyundai in late May.

"Of course we are aiming to be champs again. We got that last year, so why accept nothing less. Competition will be tough, I'm sure of that", Marko thinks.

- 8.3.2001 -
Easy win in Kemi rally

Marko was superior in local Kemi-rally in northern Finland. He won almoust a minute before second man. He make best stage time for three stages of five.  - This season has started badly, when we have to retire in Arctic Lapland Rally. So we came here to get touch in driving. We also make some testing with tyres, Marko told.

- 4.2.2001 -
Retirement in Arctic Lapland Rally

Marko was aiming to top places in Arctic Lapland Rally`s group N competition. Unfortunately rally ended in first stage. - Preparations went well. We get Evolution 4 Mitsubishi ready for action just in time. In first stage front wheel hit to rock and front suspention broke down, Marko told.

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