05 Feb 08
"I was very happy with the performance of the SX4 WRC in Monte Carlo. When things were going well we were less than a second per kilometre off the frontrunners, which is really good for the first rally," said Gardemeister. "In Sweden I'm going to try to score some points and I think we have a strong chance of achieving this judging by the performance and reliability showed by the SX4 WRC during the pre-Sweden test a few weeks ago. I'm hoping a bit more snow will fall before the rally starts; I remember that last year the snow came very late, just before the rally got underway."
P-G Andersson, 27, comes from the village of Argang around 100 kilometres down the road from the stages. As well as being a two-time Junior Champion, P-G was also the Swedish Super 1600 champion in 2003 and 2004. He has contested approximately 60 rallies in his homeland since the start of his career, including four Swedish WRC rounds.
"Scoring a drivers' point in Monte Carlo has given me a real boost going into my home rally, and I'm feeling quite confident," said Andersson. "But of course it will be harder to get a good result in Sweden than it was in Monte Carlo, as there will be more local experts and also a higher number of entries. If we can finish in the top-10, that would be a great result. I think there should be enough ice on the stages to find good grip, but if there is not so much snow then the speeds will be even faster than usual. Whatever happens, I'm looking forward to it."