June 03, 2008 Greece: Six-time Indian national rally champ Naren Kumar moved into the top-10 of the PWRC final standings at the Acropolis Rally in Greece after Martin Rauam was disqualified by the stewards on account of using a component that is not allowed.
As such in his very first outing, Naren has made a mark for himself by displaying his steady nerve and car control.
It would be logical for his own team to praise him but the accolades coming from official releases of Subaru as well as WRC, make it apparent that what the Indian has achieved is no easy feat. “Naren Kumar (IND, Subaru), the P-WRC’s first ever Indian competitor, chose a tricky event to kick off his P-WRC campaign as he lost the use of his brakes half way through SS2 but he managed to steer clear of trouble through the first day.
Day two saw his fuel pump stop working for a few minutes and SS11 saw the turbo break half way through, making the following stages even more of a challenge. Aiming to reach the finish, Kumar drove the final stages with caution and as a result, was the only driver of the all-new Subaru N14 in the P-WRC to see the finish ramp,” is the fulsome praise coming from the official WRC release.
“Newcomer Naren Kumar has been very impressive with a controlled, steady drive,” is the official take from the Subaru Team. Naren himself believes that he stuck to a set plan and came through on account of the team’s support.
“The event was extremely rough as you can see from the number of cars that did not finish. It was very, very clear plan we had and that was to finish the rally. “The whole of this year is a learning curve for me as all my fellow competitors have got a lot of experience in the world stages. I only plan to put in kms.”