Wednesday | 04 Jun 2014

Italy countdown: fighting talk part two

Here’s the second part of our guide to what the WRC drivers have been saying ahead of the Rally Italia Sardegna start tomorrow:

Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) ‘It will be easier than last year’
“It will be nice to go back to an event where I have already experienced the power and performance of a World Rally Car. This year will certainly be easier than last year. Forty per cent of the rally will be completely new, but for the familiar 60%, I think that we are well prepared to continue progressing and developing our speed.”

Robert Kubica (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) ‘A rally I know from WRC2’
“Sardinia is a rally that I got to know a bit in WRC2 last year, but my goal will stay the same. I will try to maximise my chances of finishing the rally, which means minimising any mistakes.” 

Khalid Al Qassimi ((Citroen DS3 WRC) ‘There is no room for error’
“You have to find the right balance between pushing and staying on the road. The stages are fast and narrow and there is no room for error. The biggest challenge will be the stage that is almost 60 km long on day two. That will be a real test of endurance.”

Hyundai's Juho Hanninen won the rally in 2010 when it wasn't part of the WRC

Juho Hänninen (Hyundai i20 WRC) ‘I won it back in 2010’
“Rally Italia Sardegna is an event I know well, I have contested it four times and I won it back in 2010. It’s a demanding rally with warm weather and a lot of grip changes. It’s also very narrow which makes it very easy to make a mistake. We carefully prepared for this event.”
Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20 WRC) ‘I’ve been studying a lot of videos’
“This will be my first time in Sardinia so I’ve been studying a lot of videos online to prepare for it. I know that the stages are narrow and twisty and there could be some rocks on the road so we need to keep out of trouble. Being my first event, we will focus on getting to the finish.

Andreas Mikkelsen (VW Polo R WRC) ‘Top-five would be fantastic’
“The goal is to complete a clean, error-free rally. A top-five result would be fantastic. I am particularly looking forward to the ‘Monte Lerno’ stage with Mickey’s Jump, which is a genuine highlight every year. At almost 60 kilometres it is the longest stage of the year so far.”

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