Antony Warmbold looks forward to season's delayed asphalt debut After Geman professional rally driver Antony Warmbold had to cancel his WRC "home game" around Trier because of an accident during practice, he is now going out in Corsica for his...
Antony Warmbold looks forward to season's delayed asphalt debut
After Geman professional rally driver Antony Warmbold had to cancel his WRC "home game" around Trier because of an accident during practice, he is now going out in Corsica for his first round strictly on asphalt in the 2005 WRC season.
"The fact that I wasn't able to compete in Germany is a disadvantage. That's why it'll take me a little longer to get used to the hardtop roads," said Warmbold after completing the shakedown for the 2005 WRC season's 14th round without any problems. "Competing on gravel or asphalt are two entirely different things. It's a bit like changing from a truck to a motorcycle. Basically, I like asphalt rallies. I'm going to use the first leg to find my rhythm. Then we'll see what places are possible."
This is the third year for Warmbold to compete on the French Mediterranean island. At his debut in 2003, he finished 14th, thus immediately claiming a place among the top 15. Last year, two defects in the steering system prevented his fight for points. Warmbold finished in twentieth place. "The Rally of Corsica with its many corners and highly different types of asphalt is very special. That's why the experience I was able to gain in those two years will definitely be of use, even though the special stages are not identical,"says the German who resides in Monaco and contests the rally in a Ford Focus RS WRC.
The Rally of Corsica will be opened with a show start in the port of Ajaccio on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. The actual competition covering merely six different special stages, with each to be driven twice, is scheduled to start at 9.18, Friday morning. At 1.50, Sunday afternoon, the teams are expected back at Ajaccio. "Although we have to complete only a dozen special stages, they each cover roughly 30 kilometres. The distance could be a real crunch point because conditions on any particular stage may change several times," says Warmbold. "That's why I'm hoping for stable weather conditions. In this case I almost don't care whether we'll have rain or sunshine."