Former AMA Motocross/Supercross star, and freestyle legend, Travis Pastrana shone on his debut in the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship event in Mexico last weekend - finishing in fifth place.

The Subaru USA driver began the event with a few minor offs during the first leg and, although he had to deal with a blown shock absorber and rock damage to wheel alignment on day two, Travis kept his cool and was rewarded with four points.

The reigning Rally America champion was delighted with the result and had every reason to be pleased, especially as the event marked his first outing using his own pace notes.

"What an amazing event, I had the time of my life, and to finish fifth in the PWRC is just amazing," said the 23-year-old, who only began rallying in 2005. "This is our first WRC event and there are so many new things to learn here that are different than our events in the USA.

"We just wanted to finish and learn. But this event is very rough on the cars and so I've got to thank Subaru and my team for providing me a car that withstood such a harsh beating!"

Pastrana is now due to take in two more FIA World Rally Championship events this season, namely Rally Argentina and Wales Rally GB, even though his primary focus in on defending his crown in the Rally America National Championship. Next year - and in 2009 - he will contest the PWRC full-time.

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