The program for Franz Wittmann/ Klaus Wicha for this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) has now been finalised
Following the Rallye Monte Carlo the Interwetten duo will compete in seven further runs overall in Europe
The team stems from Germany - Romo Motorsporttechnik under Roland Leschhorn will employ a Peugeot 207 S2000
When Franz Wittmann, together with his main sponsor Interwetten, had introduced this year's IRC project in January in Vienna just prior to the Rallye Monte Carlo the only open topic remained the final choice of runs.
The Interwetten Racing Team had received an invitation by Eurosport to compete in the two IRC-runs in Brazil and Argentina whereas the TV station would have borne the seaway transport costs.
Wittmann on this: "That obviously was very tempting for us, especially since one possibly could have scored important IRC-points in South America. But the Peugeot S2000 of Romo Motorsporttechnik would have been en route too long and to fly in the car plus spare parts would definitely have exceeded our financial resources."
Following a meeting with all concerned parties one has now, after the Rallye Monte Carlo, decided to compete in the following seven events:
04-06 June Rally Sardinia Italy (g)
24-26 June Ypres Rallye Belgium (a)
15-17 July Sata Rally Azores Portugal (g)
27-29 August Barum Rally Czech Republic (a)
09-11 September Rally Asturia Spain (a)
23-25 September Rally San Remo Italy (a-g)
04-06 November Cyprus Rally Cyprus (a-g)
Wittmann on this choice: "Sardinia and Cyprus are two new rallies within the IRC series for all teams. And I know Ypres, the Azores, the Barum Rally, Asturia and San Remo from last year, which should be an advantage to us. Thereby tarmac and gravel rallies are almost balanced out. I hope to be on the podium with the Peugeot 207 S2000 at several rallies. I know that I am aiming very high thereby but this is the only way to advance internationally. Besides, I also owe that to my sponsor Interwetten."
Interwetten founder Wolfgang Fabian is satisfied with the finalised program: "To us it is also important that some rallies, like in France, Spain, Greece and the Czech Republic take place in countries where we are represented with our company."