IRC: Interwetten Racing Rally Sanremo preview

In Sanremo the Interwetten Racing Team will meet the creme de la creme of the S2000 elite Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel expect a course like in Spain and a starting field like at the Barum Rally In Spain Franz Wittmann missed one IRC point...

In Sanremo the Interwetten Racing Team will meet the creme de la creme of the S2000 elite

Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel expect a course like in Spain and a starting field like at the Barum Rally

In Spain Franz Wittmann missed one IRC point only by a hair's breadth. With ninth place the young Lower Austrian nevertheless had reached his best IRC tarmac result so far and once more proven his talent. To repeat this feat in one week will be a much more difficult challenge for the Interwetten Racing Team. For no less than 24 S2000 teams are waiting at the "Rally Sanremo" - one more than at the "Barum". But even though the stages are once more unchartered territory for Wittmann/Ettel, the Interwetten Racing Duo nevertheless approximately knows what they can expect.

"As far as I know the stages in Sanremo are very similar to the ones in Spain. The only difference being that they twist a bit more and therefore the speed isn't as high. Which doesn't make it easier for us since not only will the S2000 overpower us but the KitCars will be at an advantage, as well. Even if I repeat myself: to us the main focus is on getting to know the stages and the result is only secondary. In the race, of course, ambition sets in and in the end you fight for each place and try to leave the supposedly weaker cars in your wake", explains Franz Wittmann.

The first day of the rally offers one speciality. After the start on Friday (September 26) at 18:00, three special stages are scheduled for the first turn. Three hours later these very three special stages will be completed in one turn as one stage. This equates to one special stage length of 44,00(!) kilometres, commencing at 22:43.

"That will definitely be extremely thrilling. But at least one can rehearse for this long special stage at racing speed through the 'dressing rehearsal' of the three short ones. I personally don't have a problem with this since we also can be very fast in the night. If you find the rhythm the lighting conditions don't matter", says the Interwetten Racing driver.

Franz Wittmann is more worried about the number of special stages and the length of the rally. At nine special stages overall and almost 202 SS kilometres each mistake will be punished.

Wittmann: "Thus one can forget tactics. Only if you can go to the limit and sustain that speed will you be rewarded by a good result in the end."

-credit: interwetten-racing

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