IRC: BFGoodrich Drivers Team update

Patrick Snijers tests at Ypres Patrick Snijers, the latest recruit to the BFGoodrich Drivers Team, had his first run in the Kronos Racing Peugeot 207 S2000 yesterday, on a test stage close to Ypres in Belgium. The Belgian was elected to the...

Patrick Snijers tests at Ypres

Patrick Snijers, the latest recruit to the BFGoodrich Drivers Team, had his first run in the Kronos Racing Peugeot 207 S2000 yesterday, on a test stage close to Ypres in Belgium.

The Belgian was elected to the drive by a jury of 16 local journalists on May 28 in Brussels, as part of the innovative 'BF Goodrich Drivers Team' programme. The scheme, supported by the tyre manufacturer and the Kronos Racing team, will operate on five of the 10 rounds that make up this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

The Patrick Snijers/Wim Soenens crew will run on the Ypres Rally Belgium in the colours of BFGoodrich and Kronos, carrying competition number 17. Their team mates on the event will be regular Kronos drivers Freddy Loix and Nicolas Vouilloz - also at the wheel of a Super 2000 Peugeot 207.

The initial test day yesterday allowed the crews to get to grips with the car, as well as try out some different tyres that BFGoodrich will make available for the event.

Quotes

Marc Van Dalen - Team Manager, Kronos Racing

"The day went well and we were able to take advantage of some nice weather. Patrick drove just over 110 kilometres in the Super 2000 car, which was his first experience of this type of machinery. Along with BFGoodrich, we tried out several different sorts of tyre, and the consequent results on these Ypres stages have so far been extremely encouraging. Patrick didn't take long to get to grips with the car, while the team was able to concentrate on set-up work. As Patrick racked up more distance, we were able to try him on some increasingly aggressive set-ups and he soon felt confident in the car, which was extremely well balanced throughout the session. I definitely think that he's got every chance of doing something special when it comes to the rally--"

Michel Ducher - BFGoodrich Technician

"It was a very interesting day in terms of tyre development, both for Patrick Snijers and for Freddy Loix. We ran through an identical programme with both drivers. First of all, we tried the soft A02 tyres. This tyre is particularly well suited to the different roads around Ypres as it always offers a lot of grip. The result of that test was very good, giving the drivers a lot of confidence. Then, as ground temperatures were in the region of 30/32o.C, we were able to test the A10: a more rigid tyre with a harder compound. Both Patrick and Freddy were surprised to find that this tyre displayed a clear performance advantage to the tune of half a second per kilometre. This tyre will definitely be suitable for use on the rally if temperatures exceed 20o.C next week. The asphalt around Ypres is alw ays slippery as it is very well worn. There's seldom much grip, mostly because of the dust and mud that frequently litter the stages. It's therefore necessary to choose tyres that can make up for that chronic lack of grip. We also tend to vary the tyre pressures from the front to the back on this event. Because there's little traction and lots of corners, the front tyres usually scrabble around a lot and generate plenty of pressure. So it's important to start off with a good balance from the beginning."

Patrick Snijers -BFGoodrich Drivers Team - Peugeot 207 S2000 n.17

"I'm very pleased with our first day behind the wheel. We worked methodically through the different settings on the car and by the end of the session I had a really good feeling, with proper confidence. The car is very neutral and well balanced, which makes it easy to drive. Together with BFGoodrich we tried several different types of tyre, which allowed me to have a better understanding of what will be available to me on the rally itself. The BFGoodrich technician explained to me which tyres covered which range of conditions and how I should adjust the pressures: always an important factor on the Ypres Rally. We also looked at different ways in which we could cut the tyres, just in case it is raining next week. Generally speaking, I feel quite confident and I was able to take advantage of lots of good advice during the test session, which will stand me in extremely good stead. It's just down to me to rack up more kilometres now!"

-credit: bfgoodrich

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Series Other rally
Drivers Freddy Loix , Nicolas Vouilloz