Antony Warmbold aims for top-8 result in Argentina Highly motivated, German Ford driver Antony Warmbold is entering the second half of the World Rally Championship (WRC). The professional rally driver who lives in Monaco will start to the Rally...
Antony Warmbold aims for top-8 result in Argentina
Highly motivated, German Ford driver Antony Warmbold is entering the second half of the World Rally Championship (WRC). The professional rally driver who lives in Monaco will start to the Rally of Argentina (14 to 17 July), the ninth round of the World Rally Championship, well prepared. We have made intensive use of the shakedown test before the rally's start to work on the suspension set-up of our Ford Focus RS WRC."
After an hour and a half of concentrated set-up work during the final official test session prior to the rally's start on Thursday, the German and his British co-driver Michael Orr sum up the results positively. "The crucial thing for us was to set up the car's handling such that I will feel more comfortable yet on the quick stretches," Warmbold explained. "Now I'm satisfied with the set-up. Our car feels as precise as it last did in the Acropolis Rally, perhaps even a bit better." After Thursday's shakedown test took place in brilliant sunshine, the weather forecast has predicted rain for the first two legs of the gravel rally.
After four tough gravel rallies in the Mediterranean region, Argentina - after Mexico and New Zealand - marks the third overseas stint on Antony Warmbold's calendar. "I'm looking forward to this rally," the Ford driver says enthusiastically, "Because the roads are quick and wide. I like the many spectacular hill jumps. And I like special stages on which you can really drift. What's more, there are enthusiastic fans galore in Argentina, and that of course makes for a very special atmosphere."
Warmbold has competed twice on South America's dirt roads in the past. After finishing eleventh overall in his debut in 2003, and ninth last year, the German is hoping to clinch a points-finish. "I'd be satisfied with a result among the top 8," Warmbold says. "My results in previous years are hard to compare with the possibilities we have today, because our current Ford is much better than last year's customer car. But the competition with many strong drivers and good cars is stronger than it was last year."
The Rally of Argentina will start Thursday night with two heats of a special spectator's stage in the "Complejo Pro Racing" rally stadium on the outskirts of the tourist town, Villa Carlos Paz. "This super special won't be easy," Warmbold explains, "Because the ground is very soft, and deep grooves have formed already after the cars drove off in the practice session. Owing to our relatively late starting position, this will probably result in a small disadvantage for us."
Before the finish on Sunday afternoon, a total of 22 special stages covering 340 kilometres are on the agenda of the Rally of Argentina.