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Monte Carlo: Antony Warmbold summary

Between snow, ice and fog! The Monte-Carlo Rally is one of the most technical events of the season, with difficult conditions such as snow, fog, and ice... it's not easy for the drivers to start the World Rally Championship on such tricky ...

Between snow, ice and fog!

The Monte-Carlo Rally is one of the most technical events of the season, with difficult conditions such as snow, fog, and ice... it's not easy for the drivers to start the World Rally Championship on such tricky roads.

With their Ford Focus RS WRC-02, officially entered by Ford, Antony Warmbold and Gemma Price gave a very convincing performance, during which they were on target to score their first point in the World Rally Championship.

Antony started the first leg calmly in order to provide a strong footing for the following days. He finished the day in 11th position overall: "Apart from a few kilometers of testing before the rally, I haven't driven a rally car since the Wales Rally GB. During the first day I chose to drive cautiously, with the snow and ice it was a very difficult day. I will push harder in the dry. In any case I have a very good feeling and I am very comfortable at the wheel of the car."

Weather conditions would be the key factor of the second day, however this did not stop Antony increasing his pace over the stages. He ended the day having reaffirmed his position to 8th overall and just behind Gilles Panizzi. "The conditions were very challenging today as I have never experienced roads covered in patchy snow and ice with the added factor of fog. The only thing you can do is concentrate 100% on the notes and stay vigilant. It is very good experience, but difficult, many people have had accidents today and I am pleased that we have performed well.

During the last day of competition, Antony's goal was to maintain his 8th position, which would result in a point in the drivers World Rally Championship. The first two stages passed without incident. Unfortunately in the second run through the Stage "Sospel -- Turini -- Bollene", Antony was caught out by gravel on the road and was forced into retirement "In SS 14, I lost the control of my car on gravel, I could not do anything to catch it and my rally stopped here. I am really disappointed not to have gone to the finnish, it is a shame to withdraw after having achieved so much during the event."

"Antony was really close to scoring his first point in the World Rally Championship. This years Rallye Monte Carlo provided many positive signs for the team, which will remain a good event despite the retirement. The season is still very long; there will be many other opportunities to gain good results. This rally is a good sign for the rest of the year," declared Antony's father: the former driver Achim Warmbold.

Antony Warmbold and Gemma Price will now concentrate on their next event: the Uddeholm Swedish Rally with its snowy and fast special stages.

-www.awarmbold.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Gilles Panizzi , Gemma Price , Antony Warmbold