GASSNER JR CONTINUES HIS SPANISH LESSONS Hermann Gassner Jr, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX backed by Red Bull, continues to lead the 'conventional' Group N category for four-wheel drive turbocharged cars based on production models after ...
GASSNER JR CONTINUES HIS SPANISH LESSONS
Hermann Gassner Jr, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX backed by Red Bull, continues to lead the 'conventional' Group N category for four-wheel drive turbocharged cars based on production models after day two of the Rallye de Espana. Gassner Jr, co-driven by Kathi Wustenhagen, is currently 15th overall.
After an opening day held on mixed gravel and asphalt stages, the second day of the rally took place exclusively on sealed surfaces. On the menu were six stages split into two loops of three, with service at the Port Aventura theme park in Salou at midday.
Gassner Jr knew the stages from his only previous participation in Spain last year, but as he explained, it was a very different experience this time.
"I remembered some bits of the stages, but since last year our pace note system has changed completely and so it was like starting a completely new rally," he said. "These changes have made our lives a lot easier: I remember that last year we were having a few moments all the time whereas today it was just easy driving. There was no point in pushing too hard as we could not catch anybody, and our car is not ideally suited to these asphalt surfaces compared to the much lighter Super 1600 and Super 2000 cars. But our main aim is to learn, so our focus is on getting to the end in a strong position tomorrow."
Once again, Gassner had no problems throughout the day, thanks to the reliability of his BRR-run Mitsubishi and effective team work from everybody in the Red Bull squad, including his co-driver Kathi Wustenhagen.
"So far this rally has been really good for us," she added. "We've done a very solid job, although on a fast and demanding event like this it's never easy. At the moment we've got quite a big margin over the next car, so tomorrow we need to maintain our concentration and make sure that we turn this promising performance into a proper result."
Sunday's final leg is made up of four stages covering a competitive distance of 92.30 kilometres. The first stage starts at 0840 local time tomorrow and the overall rally winner is expected on the podium at 1503.