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PWRC: Rally Deutschland: Red Bull preview

RED BULL STAR GASSNER RELISHING HOME RALLY CHANCE Hermann Gassner Jr has vowed to make the most of his wildcard entry in the Production Car World Rally Championship on Rallye Deutschland, which takes place in Trier from August 19-22. The Red...

RED BULL STAR GASSNER RELISHING HOME RALLY CHANCE

Hermann Gassner Jr has vowed to make the most of his wildcard entry in the Production Car World Rally Championship on Rallye Deutschland, which takes place in Trier from August 19-22.

The Red Bull-backed 21-year-old from Surheim in Germany is one of two drivers nominated by the event organisers to score points in the category for two-litre turbocharged production cars on the all-asphalt contest.

Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX for the Baumschlager Rallye and Racing operation, Gassner Jr says he will do all he can to score a strong result in front of his home fans.

"Of course there is more pressure racing at home but I like this rally a lot and cannot wait to get started and achieve the best result possible," said Gassner Jr. "It won't be easy because it is a difficult rally and I do not know the pace of some of the other guys in the PWRC. But I did a good test in Austria recently and feel very confident I can be on the podium at the finish."

Gassner Jr topped the Group N standings when Rallye Deutschland last appeared in the world championship in 2008. He says he still remembers the achievement with great fondness.

"It's definitely one of the best memories I have from my career," said the Germany rally champion. "But I also remember the only way you can achieve a good result like that is to drive a good, clean race. The Panzerplatte stage on day two of the rally, for example, is very tough. It is 48 kilometres long and very hard on the car but also the tyres. You have to be smooth at the start of the stage and not overheat the tyres, otherwise you stand no chance."

As well as taking on the leading drivers in the PWRC, Gassner will also be going up against his father, Hermann Gassner Sr, a vastly experienced and successful driver in his homeland.

"For sure it is not so important to think about beating my father because my focus has to be on the other drivers in the PWRC," said Gassner Jr, who will be co-driven as usual by fellow German Katharina Wuestenhagen. "But of course it will be nice to try and be better than him.

"Whatever happens, this is a very important rally for me. I was not happy with my results in Sweden and Portugal so I am looking to get a good result on my home rally. It is really important to prove to the people in Germany I have the speed and the ability to be a successful rally driver."

Rallye Deutschland, round nine of the World Rally Championship, features 405 competitive kilometres over 19 special stages. Action gets underway on the morning of Friday August 20 with the finish in Trier on Sunday afternoon (August 22).

-source: red bull

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Drivers Katharina Wuestenhagen