Red Bull Skoda wants to continue its good performance of the second half of 2006 at the WRC's season finale
Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) hope to further reduce the gap to the front runners with top ten times
After an extra test on the Monday before the rally Harri Rovanpera/ Risto Pietilainen (FIN) want to top the best result of the season
Both Skoda Fabia WRCs will be well-prepared for the season finale of this year's World Rally Championship in Cardiff. An additional test in Wales has been organised for this coming Monday with the help of the sponsors. The two team bosses Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz are hoping for a good outcome to the rally because of that: "With this extra knowledge it should be possible to repeat the performance we had shown in Germany and Turkey, so that the team can celebrate a positive conclusion to the season."
Red Bull youngster Andreas Aigner in the Fabia WRC has great intentions for Wales: "I want to try and reduce the gap to the front runners with several top ten times to just under one second per kilometre, like I did in Germany. It's a high benchmark I'm aspiring to for sure, but it would be a significant personal result for my self-confidence as well. The test day also is very important for this venture after almost a two-month break."
Harri Rovanpera already has had great success in England. In 2001 he finished in second position overall, then it was P7 in 2002. In 2004 the Finn made it to sixth, and to P4 the previous year. Nevertheless Harri talks about the Wales Rally as a very difficult task: "A lot will depend on the weather, it's a real challenge to drive in the rain each and every time. What's most important: We'll be able to test there on Monday the week of the rally. That should enable me to deliver the best result of this season in the Fabia WRC."
355.92 competitive kilometres over 17 special stages:
The 62nd Wales Rally gets under way on Thursday, November 30th, with a 3.9 kilometre shakedown through Penllergaer Forest, four kilometres west of the Swansea service park. The ceremonial start will take place the same day from 7.30 p.m. at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. For the rally proper, from Friday to Sunday, 17 special stages over 355.92 competitive kilometres are scheduled. The overall distance of the rally amounts to 1,206.67 kilometres, with the finish expected on Sunday, December 3rd from 3.41 p.m. at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.