Refreshed to France
It was a six weeks¹ break for me. It was a really refreshing time. Obviously six weeks without driving gives you such a desire to come back to the car and really go for it again.
I have such a relaxed and nice feeling to have this rally. Let¹s hope this feeling helps us to a good result, too.
Last week we tested the car with Kaj Lindström in France. It was one day without any problems. Everything went well and it was just great to go fast with WRC car on those roads.
Obviously, I¹ve got the proper touch to the car on tarmac. Most of all I enjoyed the nice feeling I¹ve got in the car. More or less we are ready for the tricky challenge this weekend offers.
Well, I had a break, but it didn¹t mean just chilling out. I¹ve done consistent physical training in the mean while and I really feel good.
Last year back in Rallye de France it was wet and dirty most of the time. It didn¹t feel that much like a tarmac challenge. It was more like a question to survive and keep the car safely on those roads. Cutting the corners was happening all over the place. Doing that made the roads very, very slippery.
We have managed to improve our performances in every rally this season compared to our debut year. Obviously, that is the target in Rallye de France, too. While it goes according to our plan, we should get a fistful of some nice points again.
Now we¹ve done the pace notes. It¹s time start. The target is the same like always: to get quickly to the good rhytm and then try to get every stage right without any major mistakes. By clinching it, you finish this rally with a good result as well, I presume.
The car is now at its¹ best. This is now the start for the last period of this season. There are three rallies left to get the job done well.
So far the season has been ok. The rally is difficult, but every time you gain some more experience. For sure, we have not been going backwards!