Optimism for Volvos heading to Italy. Enna Pergusa in Sicily is host to the eighth round of the LG Super Racing Weekend series this weekend including two more FIA European Touring Car Championship races. The teams have had a summer break and are...
Optimism for Volvos heading to Italy.
Enna Pergusa in Sicily is host to the eighth round of the LG Super Racing Weekend series this weekend including two more FIA European Touring Car Championship races. The teams have had a summer break and are getting back together for the remaining three events of the season.
Rickard Rydell scored two podium finishes at Spa, Belgium on his last outing and so keeps his 10kg of success ballast for the third time. He is one of only two drivers to have the success penalty for all three rounds since the implementation of the ballast rule. During the break, Rickard has spent time on holiday with his family in Sweden, taking advantage of the warmest summer in Sweden in the last 100 years. He has also spent time testing the car and with sponsors on circuit days as well as promotional filming for Volvo.
James Hanson had a difficult weekend at Spa but was rewarded by a sixth place after a fight through the field. James has also tested the car and been involved in promoting the Volvo race programme. He has been preparing for the `new term' by concentrating on his fitness and keeping his hand in with some kart races for fun. His experience of racing in Italy mainly comes from his European and World Kart Championship experience but like Rickard he has no experience of racing at the Pergusa circuit.
The car has been undergoing development during the break, making use of the time for tests that take longer than the usual between-race turnaround allows. The key to success will be how much time has been gained relative to the other cars that all had the same break advantage.
"It's my first visit to Pergusa and I'm curious to see how we'll perform. Of course we hope to have made improvements to the car and engine and that they'll be better than the others.....but you never know."
"Things are looking good with the car and I'm feeling very positive. I feel as though I'm working well with the car and I'll be trying my hardest to make sure I'm at the front of the grid."
Dave Benbow, race team manager:
"We have made some improvements in both chassis and engine during the break. The key will be whether the others have made more or less in relation to ourselves. I hope we have done enough! I'm looking for a good performance at Pergusa as we believe the circuit could suit the Volvo. Both Rickard and James drove very well at Spa and I see no reason why with an improved car and strong performances we shouldn't have more of a presence on the podium and perhaps a win!"