After its home round, the Tour of Corsica, Peugeot Sport's 2004 World Championship campaign continues with another longstanding asphalt fixture of the WRC calendar, Rally de Catalunya - Rally de Espana. The stages of the Spanish event are quicker...
After its home round, the Tour of Corsica, Peugeot Sport's 2004 World Championship campaign continues with another longstanding asphalt fixture of the WRC calendar, Rally de Catalunya - Rally de Espana. The stages of the Spanish event are quicker than those encountered on the Mediterranean island and, as usual, the event will be based in the Costa Brava resort of Lloret de Mar which is situated between Barcelona and the French border. The majority of the stages will take place in the region of Gerona, with a service park in Vic. Marcus Grönholm and Freddy Loix will be driving the two 307 WRCs in a bid to prolong Peugeot's run of three consecutive wins in Spain with the 206 WRC, in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Marcus Grönholm has driven four times for Peugeot in Catalonia where his record includes a 5th place in 2000, a 4th place in 2002 and a 6th place in 2003. This year's visit will be a further chance for the two-times World Champion to score his maiden win on asphalt, an achievement that is still missing from his otherwise prestigious record. Although he believes he has a better feeling over the much twistier stages of Corsica, his talent and combative spirit will enable him to aim for the best result possible in Lloret de Mar.
Meanwhile, Freddy Loix enjoys this rally on which he came 2nd in 1998, in addition to three 4th place finishes in 1996, 1999 and 2001. "I must have started this event eight or nine times and it's true that I have obtained a number of good results here. I like the Spanish stages which are faster than those of Corsica. Having grown up in the sport in Belgium, I am used to this type of event and I also believe our car will be more competitive on these stages. After my performances in Germany and Corsica, and given the work we have done since, I think I can score a top result in Spain."