IRC-fever rises once again for Interwetten Racing Team

Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha compete in the ADAC Rally as preparation for the IRC

Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha are aware of the challenge. Following the long break in the IRC it is paramount to be perfectly prepared for the next assignment (Barum-Rally from August 27 to 29 in Zlin). Therefore the Interwetten Racing-duo, without further ado, chose a World Championship run in order to get into gears again. Thus Franz Wittmann will steer his Peugeot 207 S2000 through the vinyards alongside the Mosel or the legendary military training area Baumholder at the ADAC Rally Germany next weekend.

Wittmann: "It's a perfect fit since the Rally Germany and the IRC run in the Czech Republic can be handled logistically within one week. Additionally, it was important to prepare for the IRC with a racing assignment after the long break. Testing, of course, is also very important but one can't compare that to the tension of a competition."

Still, the Lower Austrian is entering his second World Championship run (after having given his debut in Sweden in 2004) far from unprepared. Last week some testing runs took place in the vinyards and on the military training ground. For even if it is only a testing assignment, Franz Wittmann nevertheless wants to cut a fine figure. After all, his S2000-competition features the likes of Henning Solberg (Nor), Xavi Pons (Spa), Per Gunnar Andersson (Swe) or Martin Prokop (Cz) among others.

"We did very well on the set-up during the last days. Currently the IRC has top priority for me, of course, but it surely will prove to be very interesting to compete with these top drivers here in Germany", explains the Interwetten-Racing driver.

The ceremonial start of the "ADAC Rally Germany" traditionally takes place at 20.00 in front of the Porta Nigra in Trier on August 19. 19 special stages with a length of 407,31 kilometres are then scheduled from August 20 to 22. The overall length of the rally measures 1.194,13 kilometres. The finishing line will be crossed on Sunday (August 22) at 15.45 once more in front of the Porta Nigra.