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Wednesday, Jan 31 08:01am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Dave Holder arrives in Poland to find out he's actually Australian

David Holder's preparations for his inaugural Junior World Rally Championship camapign have taken a slight hit overnight.

 

Alongside fellow New Zealander Jason Farmer, Holder arrived in Poland to see his new M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2T that he'll drive in the five-round championship.  

 

Holder Tweeted a photo of himself and Farmer with their new car, however, the flags next to their names are a little bit off with a couple of stars added. 

 

 

 

All joking aside, 2018 is set to be a landmark year for the former New Zealand Rally Championship title winner who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Hayden Paddon.

 

Holder's latest trip to Poland will see him undertake pre-season testing with M-Sport to get to grips with the new car. The ford he'll drive features an electronic controlled five-speed sequential gearbox and runs on DMACK tyres, two new aspects of driving that he'll have to get used to. 

 

The Ford Fiesta he'll drive will be a stark contrast to that of the Mitsubishi that both he and Paddon won their respective New Zealand Rally Championship titles in. The Fiesta is fitted with a 1.0 litre turbocharged engine pushing 180hp. 

 

"During these familiarisation sessions, I expect we’ll have plenty of information to take in,” Holder said.

 

“We’re keen to learn more about the car, what we might need to be able to repair on the side of the road and that sort of thing.

 

“It’s feeling very real now, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel with Jason alongside for our allocated half-day of testing in the car. We have a closed section of gravel road on which to test – I hope it’s going to be covered in snow to give us the best possible introduction for Rally Sweden!”

 

The Kiwi duo will participate in all five round of the Junior World Rally Championship, which is set to take in Rally Sweden, Tour de Corse in France, Rally de Portugal, Rally Finland and Rally Turkey. 

 

Photo: David Holder

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