IRC: Interwetten Racing Rally Islas Canarias preview

Interwetten Racing Team shows a lot of self- confidence prior to second season's run in IRC Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha want to play a part in the fight for points on Gran Canary right from the beginning Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot...

Interwetten Racing Team shows a lot of self- confidence prior to second season's run in IRC

Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha want to play a part in the fight for points on Gran Canary right from the beginning

Franz Wittmann and Klaus Wicha (Peugeot 207 S2000) are currently in the best of moods. Following the victory at the Vogelsberg-Rallye, a run to the German Rally Championship, last weekend, the Interwetten Racing-duo wants to turn the positive experience and the testing results into a countable result at the "34th Rally Islas Canarias" and perhaps even cause a surprise.

Wittmann: "It is surely going to be very thrilling. There are seven, eight teams competing at this IRC-run that could win anytime. Therefore it is very important to quickly find the rhythm. For I am convinced that the gaps will be minimal here. A small mistake and you're thrown far back. We are not only highly motivated but will also be extremely focused on our performance."

Regarding the second season's assignment by Franz Wittmann in the IRC, the main focus at the Vogelsberg-Rallye had been on the tyres. The tarmac courses on the Spanish holiday island are characterised by a very rough, grippy tarmac.

"Therefore we only used two sets of tyres at the DRM-run in order to simulate the strong abrasion. That worked out very well. I think I can now primarily work on my line and I'm extremely looking forward to this experience", explains the Interwetten-Racing driver.

The only Austrian currently active in international rallying on the highest level is getting a better and better grip on the Peugeot 207 S2000. Even though Wittmann is still convinced that he only taps 50 to 60 percent of the Peugeot's achievement potential.

Wittmann: "This is obviously due to the fact that we are probably the very S2000 team in the IRC that has the least testing kilometres to its account. And only permanent testing or rallies allow you to take yourself and the car to the very limit. But we are on the right way."

The ceremonial start of the "34th Rally Islas Canarias" will take place on April 29 at 20.30 on the Plaza de Canarias in Las Palmas. The rally will start on April 30 at 08.00 at Santa Catalina Park (service park). Scheduled are 15 special stages with a length of 221,59 kilometres. The overall length of the 100 % tarmac rally measures 670,39 kilometres. The finishing line will be crossed once more at the Santa Catalina Park of Las Palmas on May 1 at 16.10. The time difference to CET measures -1 hour.

-source: interwetten racing

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Series Other rally
Drivers Klaus Wicha