Celebration time for German Antony Warmbold and his British co-driver Michael Orr: The duo collected two World Championship points with seventh place on the Rally Catalunya-Spain, the 15th and penultimate round of the season, in the privately ...
Celebration time for German Antony Warmbold and his British co-driver Michael Orr: The duo collected two World Championship points with seventh place on the Rally Catalunya-Spain, the 15th and penultimate round of the season, in the privately entered Ford Focus RS WRC. As a result, Warmbold scored valuable World Championship points for the third time this season.
"I'm more than satisfied", explained the Monaco domiciled German after 15 demanding tarmac special stages through the Tarragona hinterland. "The Skoda driver Jan Kopecky was very fast when chasing us on Saturday. We attacked at the start of the final leg in an effort to keep him behind us, and we managed it."
However, the changeable weather conditions caused Antony Warmbold problems. "Especially on the first day, the unsettled weather made the tyre choice extremely difficult. Michelin supplied us with a whole host of good tyre compounds, but in these conditions I still lack a little bit of experience to enable me to fully exploit the various tyres", explained the German. "I also had a broken anti-roll bar on the first, which affected the balance badly."
"Since two special stages are completed in quick succession you must make compromises as far as the tyre choice is concerned", added Warmbold. "And it is often a complete lottery. At the start of the second leg for example after the first stage had been cancelled. However, I had the ideal tyre for this stage, which didn't work quite so well on the damp stage that followed. Other drivers were luckier since they had decided exactly the opposite."
Warmbold is particularly pleased with his performance behind the wheel after the tarmac rally. "I was very quick on the classical tarmac stages. Also driving in the damp, which caused me problems on occasion in the past, proved no trouble whatsoever this time. I only lack experience and self-confidence in the sections where the drivers cut the corners heavily, I always lost time here. In addition, the ride-height of my Focus was lower than my team mate's cars and bottomed out more often as result, which is also a question of routine."
Following his points haul in Spain, Antony Warmbold now travels highly motivated to the World Championship final in Australia. The Australian Rally is held on the gravel stages along the Australian west coast close to Perth between the 10th and 13th November. It is only the second event "down-under" for the German where he finished fourteenth overall in 2004.