IRC: Interwetten Rally Sardinia shakedown report

Interwetten Racing Team is very confident for the adventure of Sardinia Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha forego double risk for crossing the finishing line On Friday morning Franz Wittmann und Klaus Wicha completed the first kilometres on gravel in...

Interwetten Racing Team is very confident for the adventure of Sardinia

Franz Wittmann/Klaus Wicha forego double risk for crossing the finishing line

On Friday morning Franz Wittmann und Klaus Wicha completed the first kilometres on gravel in the IRC series with the Peugeot 207 S2000. The Interwetten Racing-duo did five turns on the approximately two kilometres long shakedown on Monte Pinu.

Wittmann: "It is really beautiful here. But unfortunately the shakedown doesn't have the characteristics of the rally. Therefore it was more sensible not to take a risk. Yet, I'm sure that we are very well prepared despite the missing testing kilometres on gravel. The stages could suit me. But we'll have to wait and see how deep the tracks will be."

Opposed to initial information Franz Wittmann will now take up the rally as ninth car with starting number nine and not as second car. An advantage for the 26-year-old Lower Austrian who doesn't have to play "road sweeper".

"But we still won't attack to the fullest but rather try to find our rhythm first. Since we lack the testing kilometres we would have to take double or triple risk in order to keep up with the top. That wouldn't be wise after our problems in Monte and on Grand Canary", explains the Interwetten-Racing driver.

Therefore Franz Wittmann won't be too concerned with the times of the opponents. Additionally, this wouldn't even have been possible during the shakedown since no official timekeeping was employed.

The ceremonial start of the "Rally d'Italia Sardegna 2010" will take place on June 4 at 20.00 in Cagliari. The restart of the rally will be even there on June 5 at 06.10. Scheduled are 12 special stages with a length of 218,70 kilometres. The overall length of the pure gravel rally measures 985,60 kilometres since the special stages are spread over almost the entire second-largest Mediterranean isle. The finishing line will be crossed on June 6 at 19.00 in Porto Cervo at the Costa Smeralda.

-source: interwetten

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Series Other rally
Drivers Klaus Wicha