Seventh place and two Championship points for Antony Warmbold in Sardinia In the Sardinia Rally, the fifth round of the World Rally Championship, the German Antony Warmbold and his British co-driver Michael Orr finished seventh overall, thus ...
Seventh place and two Championship points for Antony Warmbold in Sardinia
In the Sardinia Rally, the fifth round of the World Rally Championship, the German Antony Warmbold and his British co-driver Michael Orr finished seventh overall, thus collecting two additional points for the World Championship. What's more, Warmbold and Orr completed the tough gravel rally at the Costa Smeralda as the best private team. After 17 demanding special stages in their Ford Focus RS WRC fielded by M-Sport Team, they arrived at the finish directly behind Ford works drivers Toni Gardemeister and Roman Kresta.
After Antony Warmbold had claimed his best result in the World Rally Championship so far with his seventh-place finish in the Mexico Rally, the 26-year-old was happy about having achieved an equally good result in Sardinia. "It was a very difficult rally, and so I'm all the more happy that we didn't make any mistakes." After five of a total of 16 WRC rounds, Warmbold - with four points and in eleventh place - is now ranking as the best privateer driver in the overall drivers' standings as well.
"The first two stages were difficult," Warmbold reported. "The legs were very sandy. Also, I didn't find the right rhythm right away, in the first special stage I was too slow, and in the second I was overly daring, going sideways too much. Particularly on the worn out gravel paths with deep grooves I was lacking self-confidence." Warmbold finished the first day in 14th place. "This meant we had to start as the second car on the second day and thus weren't able to make up as much time as we'd been hoping to on the loose ground."
The German now living in Monaco was particularly happy with his performance in the third and final leg. "On the final day, our tyre choice was perfect," he said, obviously pleased. "I'm very proud to have caught up with Juuso Pykalisto in front of me and then being able to keep him behind me." Only the final stage gave Warmbold reason to feel edgy: "During the entire last leg we had brief, intermittent failures of the alternator. In the final special stage, it broke down completely." Consequently, before entering the last service park, Warmbold and his co-driver Michael Orr had to push the Ford Focus RS WRC across the time control point. "We're happy to have made it to the finish," Warmbold said.
In the Cyprus Rally (13 to 15 May), the sixth round of the World Rally Championship, similarly hot and tough special stages on gravel are awaiting the German. For Warmbold, this will be the third start on this Mediterranean island - during his first two stints he had to retire from the competition.