Ford Fiesta S2000 driver Martin Prokop is looking to keep his hopes of his first Super 2000 World Rally Championship title alive with a victory in this week's ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
Two Ford Fiesta S2000 crews currently lie in podium positions of the overall S-WRC leader board. However, with Juho Hänninen leading the series by 18 points, it is crucial that the five Ford Fiesta S2000 crews competing for class honours in Germany prevent the Finn from securing his third consecutive S-WRC victory.
Prokop currently leads the way for the Fiesta S2000 crews and lies second overall, 18 points behind Hänninen. Ott Tänak rounds off the top three and lies 13 points behind Prokop. Bernardo Sousa is currently fourth – a mere four points behind Tänak. Frigyes Turán is seventh overall with a total of 31 points and Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah lies eighth with 20 points.
Prokop has already finished on the podium three times this year after securing a win at Rally Mexico, second place in Finland and finishing third in Sardinia. The former J-WRC champion finished runner-up in S-WRC at last year's Rallye Deutschland and Prokop will be looking to take advantage of his past experience on German soil in order to challenge for a victory.
“Juho is starting to edge away from me in the championship standings so I need to win this rally to still be in with a chance of taking the title,” he said. “I'll be testing in the Czech Republic this week which should help as Germany is a very technical event with fast roads. I am familiar with a few of the stages but the weather and tyre choice will be critical during this rally and I just hope that the forecast remains dry for next week.”
Next week will be the second time Tänak has contested ADAC Rallye Deutschland – the 23-year-old driver took part in last year's event where he competed in the P-WRC category. The Estonian has had an impressive season in S-WRC after breaking a record in Sardinia with the best ever finish in an S2000 car and consistently scoring points to hold third in the standings. Tänak is looking to benefit from a pre-event test he has planned on Monday to ensure he is comfortable with his tarmac set-up and ready to push for a podium finish.
Reigning Portuguese Rally Champion Bernardo Sousa secured a debut S-WRC victory in Jordan followed by a second podium in Greece. Sousa currently holds fourth but will be aiming for a podium position on German soil in order for the Madeira-born driver to move back into third of the overall standings.
“I've been in Madeira since Finland because my Grandfather has been unwell so I haven't had much time to think about Germany,” he said. “I have tried to do some training but I've still got an injury with my leg so I've been trying to rest too. I'm aiming for a top three finish this weekend but as always there are some very tough competitors in this category so it's not going to be an easy task.”
Frigyes Turán had a difficult start to the season but showed his capabilities behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta S2000 when he secured his first ever podium in Greece. This result was shortly followed by an impressive debut in Finland when the Hungarian driver finished fifth. Turán is now only 18 points off the top five and will be aiming for a strong result at his debut in Germany.