Thursday | 08 May 2014

Argentina countdown: Fighting talk part two

Voici la suite des déclarations des pilotes WRC avant le Rallye d’Argentine (8-11 mai)

Sébastien Ogier, Volkswagen Polo R. ‘More determined to win in Argentina’
“We spent time on Sardinia preparing for this rally and we learned a lot. I have never won in Argentina. I came close in 2011 and just missed out last year too. That makes me all the more determined to win. The itinerary is almost identical to 2013, which could be a slight advantage for us. Despite this, a gravel rally can change dramatically from one year to the next. For this reason, we were particularly focused during the recce, to include the many minor changes in the pace notes.”

Kris Meeke. Citroen DS3. ‘We must bring the car home’
“We have to finish a rally without making any mistakes. Whatever happens, regardless of the conditions, we must bring the car home. Since the start of the season, we have had good pace. We just need to cut out the mistakes. And first and foremost, that means making good notes during recce. I competed at this rally as part of the IRC calendar in 2010. The stages weren’t all the same but I have a good idea of what the roads are like here. The pre event tests went really well.”

Dani Sordo. Hyundai i20. ‘Grateful for the chance to compete.’
“Argentina is an event where I feel almost at home. It’s a rally that I like and where I had some good results in the past. I’m really grateful that the team gave me the chance to compete here after the good performance we had in Portugal. I intend to make the most of this opportunity to help the team in the development of the i20 WRC as we did in Portugal.

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo R. ‘Looking for improvement’
“It feels good to travel to a rally that I already know very well from the previous two years. I was involved in a long running battle with Sébastien Ogier in a Škoda Fabia Super 2000 in 2012. Last year we pushed the car a bit too hard in the quest for fast times, but were still able to fight our way back into the points on the final day. While individual results were not necessarily the priority in my first season in the Polo R WRC, I would like to improve this year. In terms of Argentina, that means completing the rally without any major incidents and finishing as near the top as possible."

Elfyn Evans. Ford Fiesta RS. ‘The most important thing is to make it through’
“It’s another new event for me so I’ll need to find the right balance between ensuring I learn as much as I can whilst still showing some of the pace we were displaying in Portugal. We’ll have to judge the situation as it comes, but the most important thing will be to make it through all of the stages. As with every new event I do everything I can to ensure that I am as fully prepared as possible. I watch a lot of onboards to try and get a feel of what to expect, and these stages look like they’ll be some of the most technical of the year, but you never really know until you experience it for yourself."