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Red Bull Skoda will start optimistically into the second half of the WRC season Thorough and successful testing of the Fabia WRC has raised hopes of improved results DTM star and tarmac specialist Mattias Ekstrom and his co Jonas Andersson...

Red Bull Skoda will start optimistically into the second half of the WRC season

Thorough and successful testing of the Fabia WRC has raised hopes of improved results

DTM star and tarmac specialist Mattias Ekstrom and his co Jonas Andersson (SWE) aim for a good result in Germany in order to secure points

For Andreas Aigner (AUT) and Klaus Wicha (GER), Trier is the first WRC event the Red Bull Youngster already knows

Red Bull Skoda can look forward to the final four WRC events of this season rather optimistically. The team has prepared very thoroughly for the OMV ADAC Rally Germany, testing very extensively on tarmac in Austria and in Germany. The experience gained in these tests should make it possible to increase the points tally in the World Rally Championship.

Mattias Ekstrom, who was cleared to drive in this WRC event by Audi's Head of Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, approaches the task ahead very straightforwardly: "I'm well prepared after testing, I now feel comfortable with the car. I'll try to drive fast and make as few mistakes as possible. Then a fair result should be achievable. A WRC point would obviously be a dream."

Youngster Andreas Aigner too looks forward to the event rather optimistically: "It's the first rally I already know. This certainly won't be a disadvantage. Since I'm very ambitious I'd like to reduce the gap to the front runners to one second per kilometre. This will be my third tarmac event in a WRC. For me it's quite surprising that I've been more successful on this surface than on gravel. In Germany I prefer the narrow passages through the vineyards to, say, the 'Panzerplatte' which is very difficult to master."

The two team bosses Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz hope for a good result in Germany as well: "We've worked very hard during the summer break. New components have been built and successfully tested. Mattias is a driver who should be able to achieve a good result for the team in Trier. Andreas now has the chance to prove himself for the first time on stages he already knows. Therefore he should be able to improve upon his previous performance."

351.55 kilometres over 19 special stages

The 25th OMV ADAC Rally Germany will get underway on Thursday, August 10th, with the shakedown on a 3.18 kilometre stage, two kilometres north of the service park at Lake Bostal. On the same day at 8 p.m. the ceremonial start will take place in Trier at the Porta Nigra. The rally proper starts on Friday, August 11th, at 8.30 a.m. at Lake Bostal, followed by 19 special stages from August 11th to 13th. The overall distance of the rally amounts to 1,300.48 kilometres. The finish is expected on Sunday, August 13th, at 12.24 p.m. in Trier at the Porta Nigra.

- www.redbullskoda.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Mattias Ekström , Armin Schwarz , Jonas Andersson , Klaus Wicha , Andreas Aigner , Raimund Baumschlager