Originally Posted by Weasel 555
SS4: Novikov flies to shock stage win
Evgeny Novikov revelled in the muddy conditions of stage four and set the fastest time for himself and the DMACK tyres, as Mads Ostberg stormed into a 26-second lead on the RallyRACC-Rally de Espana.
Although the torrential rain in Spain has stopped, the stages remain very slippery from the morning loop. That didn't suit the Citroens, but proved profitable for Ford men Novikov, Jari-Matti Latvala and Ostberg.
Novikov was quickest by 1.1s over Latvala, bringing his DMACK-shod Ford up to sixth overall. The Russian said he knew the wet stages would be his best chance to impress.
"It was a quite tricky and slippery stage, and I feel comfortable in those conditions, so I tried to attack," said Novikov.
Dear Julien Porter and WRC.com:
During video coverage of rally Italy you falsely claimed that E. Novikov uses Michelin tires. Even worse this was said while our logo was clearly in view from the in car footage.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that DMACK is the primary sponsor for Novikov as evidenced by our massive logo across the side of his car. Furthermore, as part of our sponsorhip arrangement we supply all tires for his rallying efforts.
We respectfully encourage you to note that the E. Novikov Ford utilized DMACK tires when mentioning him in future rally coverage- preferably more than once in the same article.
The DMACK tire PR department.