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Tour de Corse: Skoda final summary

Å koda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Toni Gardemeister finished the Tour de Corse in 11th position to make up for the disappointment of team mate Didier Auriol having been forced to retire from the event following an electrical problem on the...

Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team driver Toni Gardemeister finished the Tour de Corse in 11th position to make up for the disappointment of team mate Didier Auriol having been forced to retire from the event following an electrical problem on the start line of the opening stage.

Today saw a difficult finale to the rally as once again the weather varied between wet and dry. The stages were in generally good condition but the ever-present black rain clouds that clung to the Corsican mountains constantly threatened to create chaos for the crews.

Toni said: “This morning I chose dry weather tyres and this was the correct choice. If you compare our stage times you will see just how much quicker we are and closer in performance to almost everyone except the very front runners. Unfortunately the rear roll bar broke again and that slowed me over the second half of the second stage but otherwise everything was fine. We have had a good rally and learned a lot about the way we should further develop the car.”

Škoda Motorsport manager Pavel Janeba said: “Every day on this rally we have made progress. We have made big steps forward in a short time and we know what we must do now to improve the car on asphalt but unfortunately there is no chance to make big changes before Catalunya. The gap between us and the big teams continues to decrease but the gap between these two rallies is even smaller!”

The World Rally Championship’s October mini-tour of the Mediterranean concludes with the Catalunya Rally that starts in just four days’ time (October 24-26).

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Series WRC
Drivers Didier Auriol , Toni Gardemeister