Fisher makes history with WRC Academy win

3rd April 2012

Alastair Fisher made history last weekend as he became the first Briton to win a World Rally Championship (WRC) Academy rally.

The Northern Irishman dominated the Rally of Portugal, the first round of this year's season, on Saturday (31stMarch) to claim his maiden victory and banish painful memories of last year's race where he crashed out in the final stages while in the lead.

Competitors run on Pirelli tyres, with the Italian firm supplying its K4 gravel tyre for the race to cope with the heavy rain.

Matteo Braga, Pirelli's WRC Academy tyre engineer, said: "The first round of the Academy was certainly filled with action, and conditions that go beyond what we would normally expect from this event.

"Even though the weather was extreme, the K4 tyres coped extremely well with some of the biggest challenges that they have ever faced."

Australian driver Brendan Reeves finished second, with Pontus Tidemand third.

Posted by Danielle Barge