Young Aussie rally ace Brendan Reeves has been plying his trade overseas for the last two years in the WRC Academy. His fourth placing in 2012 has earned him a test in an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
“I’m stoked to be given this chance to drive a Fiesta World Rally Car,” Brendan said. “It is a nice reward for our efforts this year and driving the WRC car will give me a real taste of the next level of the sport.
“I had the chance to sit beside Ken Block in his Fiesta World Rally Car just prior to Rally Finland this year and it was a great experience. To now have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a similar car myself is fantastic.
“Testing the WRC car is a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully it leads to more similar opportunities in the future.”
Brendan won’t have long to impress. He’ll be given just one hour in the car and will be joined at the test with other WRC Academy hopefuls Elfyn Evans, John MacCrone, Jose Suarez and Pontus Tidemand.
Reeves, who enjoys the company of his sister Rhianon Smyth in the co-driver’s seat, still has an open diary for next year. With any luck an impressive performance in the Fiesta RS WRC may lead to new opportunities.
“We haven’t confirmed our program for 2013 just yet. We learnt so much in 2012 and competing in the Academy again has been really important for our careers and we’d love to be able to continue competing in the World Rally Championship again in 2013.
“I’d really like to thank M-Sport for the amazing efforts they put into the WRC Academy this year and also for giving me the chance to take part in the test drive.”