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Carlos Fessman took to the opening two stages of 38km on his first WRC Tarmac event earlier today at Rallye Deutschland. He safely completed both tests in his Ralliart Italy run Mitsubishi with a strong pace and reach the overnight halt second on the WRC 2 Production Cup leader board. The Venezuelan was pleased with his speed on Day One and felt he had a good rhythm, but understands that the rally is long and that this was only the beginning: “I had a good day. I tried to improve throughout, but it wasn’t easy, because I didn’t have the chance to do a pre-event test. I’m happy with my pace though. I know it’s a tough event with more challenges to come, but I’m delighted to be second in the Production Cup at the moment and very pleased to be representing Venezuela as their first driver ever to compete here in Germany!”

The first two stages presented an interesting challenge, especially with SS2 being run in the dark, but Fessman took the opportunity to learn and always had in mind his strategy to reach the end of the event unperturbed: “On SS1, one kilometre from the end I lost some time when I stopped to let another car pass and lost between 10 and 15 seconds. On SS2, just after the middle of the stage, I lost some time because I slid a little on some loose gravel, but luckily I managed to control the car. That said, this did make me slow down and focus on arriving back to service safely.”

With Fessman’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X safely in the overnight parc fermé, Ralliart Italy Team Manager Bruno De Pianto reflects on a positive opening day: “Carlos did a great job today. He took on guys in the Production Cup with much more Tarmac experience and was right on the pace. We were very pleased with his times. He really did Venezuela proud! With 333 kilometres left to run there’s still a big challenge ahead, but I’m confident that Carlos is up to the task and as always we’ll do our very best to help him any way we can.”

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