Tables turn for motorsport writer
Motorsport journalist Reiner Kuhn will get a unique insight into this week's RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España when he gets behind the wheel and takes to the stages himself.
The German, a long-time WRC correspondent, will make a guest appearance among the Junior WRC regulars at the wheel of an identical Ford Fiesta R2 [above] carrying WRC+ support.
"I’ve chosen a difficult rally with both gravel and Tarmac but I want to prove that a WRC journalist can do it," said Kuhn, who will be co-driven by Ella Kremer - the daughter of leading German competitor Armin.
“My aim is just to be there at the finish and to really enjoy the experience. I have full respect for the Junior drivers, rallying is a complicated sport with many factors to manage – you have to be very clever," he added.
To help prepare for his adventure, Kuhn sought the advice of experts, including Junior WRC leader Nil Solans, and the winner of Germany's Junior WRC counter, Julius Tannert.
"Nil told me to stay in the lines and be careful with punctures," he said. "He also warned me about Terra Alta - especially the Tarmac section we drive on gravel tyres.
"Julius gave me tips on how to get the most from the turbo engine and some handbrake techniques. He has been very supportive and I hope to sit with him for one run at Shakedown on Thursday."
Kuhn has also been given some friendly advice from fellow M-Sport Fiesta pilot, Sébastien Ogier, who will be first on the road through Friday's stages.
"Seb heard I was going to be driving an M-Sport Fiesta in Spain and told me with a smile that normally his team-mates don't destroy the racing lines on the stages before he arrives for the second loop. My position as last car in the WRC field, means I'll be more or less directly in front of him..."
Kuhn and his co-driver will be sharing their experiences during the weekend using the hashtag: #myWRCexperience
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