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K&N Supported Jos Kuypers Takes Over Dutch Rally Racing Championship Lead

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Kuypers is one of the more famous Rally Cross drivers on the European race scene.
Kuypers is one of the more famous Rally Cross drivers on the European race scene.
Round four of the Dutch Rally Racing Championship was contested in Valkenswaard. The town of 30,000 residents is located in the southern part of the Netherlands, the name stems from its history of falconers, with "valk" being Dutch for falcon. With many of the best Rally Cross racers from the Netherlands and Belgium gathered for critical championship points leading towards the Dutch Rally Racing Championship title, expectations were high for plenty of thrills and spins, and the competitors didn't disappoint.
With his win at Valkenswaard K&N supported Jos Kuypers now has the lead for the Dutch Rally Racing Championship title.
With his win at Valkenswaard K&N supported Jos Kuypers now has the lead for the Dutch Rally Racing Championship title.


In Division-1, only three cars total started on the grid. Jos Kuypers (Ford Fiesta MK7), Patrick Van Mechelen (Subaru Impreza) and Ronny Scheveneels (VW Scirocco MK3). In one of the heats before the finals however, Scheveneels ran hard into the barrier and was taken to the hospital, leaving Kuypers and Van Mechelen to duel it out for the win in the final.

In the final, Kuypers, the K&N backed driver, managed to stay out of trouble and won the event ahead of a frustrated Van Mechelen. It appears that the same engine gremlins that haunted Van Mechelen in his earlier heat race, resurfaced in the final. With the win at Valkenswaard, Kuypers has now taken over the championship points lead. Kuypers leads by two points ahead of Van Mechelen. Third place sits a distant 60 points behind the leader.
Kuypers Ford Fiesta experienced some early round sputters, but they were all worked out in time for the final.
Kuypers Ford Fiesta experienced some early round sputters, but they were all worked out in time for the final.


Kuypers had to overcome some of his own mechanical issues early on in the event, according to him, "The initial phase of the race did not go as it should, the Ford Fiesta stuttered and stopped in some places a bit, which lasted for two series. Afterwards, there was an error in the main relay of the car so the power went out occasionally. But in the final that was all done."

Kuypers is one of the more colorful and famous drivers on the European Rally Cross scene. Currently in Holland there is a TV program examining European Rally Cross and much of the series features highlights with Jos Kuypers.

The Dutch Rally Racing Championship will not be decided until the last race in Belgium, as there are two Belgian races that can be entered for the Dutch Championship.

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