In Cyprus Red Bull Skoda will aim to get results similar to the recent ones in Germany with both Fabia WRCs This time the two Finns Harri Rovanpera and Risto Pietilainen will target points in both the drivers' and the manufacturers' ...
In Cyprus Red Bull Skoda will aim to get results similar to the recent ones in Germany with both Fabia WRCs
This time the two Finns Harri Rovanpera and Risto Pietilainen will target points in both the drivers' and the manufacturers' championship
Andreas Aigner (AUT)/Klaus Wicha (GER) show respect for the WRC event with the toughest stages of the season to date
The team has prepared very sedulously for this twelfth WRC event on the island of Cyprus. That's why the two representatives Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz can feel confident: "If we don't run into serious trouble, it may well be possible to repeat our gratifying result from Germany. Still Cyprus remains a mere lottery. The road conditions are very, very bad, we addressed these conditions while testing in Austria. We hope that Harri has enough confidence now which is necessary to choose the right pace for getting a points finish. If Andreas runs at the same pace as the year before in a Group N car, then for him a positive outcome is possible as well."
"It'll be very difficult in Cyprus. I hope that we'll have no technical issues and not too many tyre failures because of the rough roads. The handling of the Fabia has improved substantially compared to my last gravel rally in Greece, the team has worked hard for that", says an optimistic Harri Rovanpera, who thinks a good result is possible.
Andreas Aigner will put the knowledge he gained in Cyprus last year to good use: "I'll try not to attack immediately. It's important to choose a constant pace on the island for the entire rally. With this formula it should be possible to pull through somehow in spite of the ferocious roads. I know most of the route, just two or three stages will be new to me."
331.34 kilometres over 23 special stages:
The 34th Rally Cyprus gets under way on Thursday, September 21st, at 8 a.m. with the shakedown on a stage roughly six kilometres in length, 63 kilometres east of Limassol. The ceremonial start takes place the same day from 8.30 p.m. on the Limassol promenade. The rally proper begins on Friday, September 22nd at 8.30 a.m. on the Limassol promenade as well. Subsequently, a total of 23 special stages will be run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the rally finish on Sunday, September 24th at 3 p.m. again on the Limassol promenade.