''It's not always liked me in the past''
This week's World Rally Championship round, Rally de Espaņa, is one of the rare events where Suzuki World Rally Team driver P-G Andersson actually has more knowledge of the conditions than his experienced teammate Toni Gardemeister.
The 33 year-old Gardemeister has contested five Catalunya rallies in total, but only one in the current area around Salou. Andersson has already competed on the Salou stages twice, claiming a win in the Junior World Rally Championship class last year.
For both drivers, Spain will be an important warm-up for the Corsica Rally which takes place only a week later.
"I've not driven the Catalunya Rally since 2005, so I don't really know what to expect," Gardemeister said.
"It's an event that I like, but it's not always liked me in the past! For some reason we've often had little problems on this rally that have prevented us from getting a good result," he elaborated. "It won't be easy because we have many opponents, but if we have a good level of reliability I think that we can score points.
For his part, Andersson has fond memories of the Catalunya stages after claiming his first Junior World Championship win on asphalt in Spain in 2004. The young Swede - the reigning Junior World Rally Champion - has competed on four Catalunya rallies to date.
"I still don't have a lot of experience on asphalt but I think we can have a good run in Spain," commented the 28-year-old. "There are a number of things to look out for on this rally, in particular the way to cut the corners. If you cut the corners too deeply you can damage the car but if you do not cut them enough then your stage time will be slow."
"We've got some small improvements on the SX4 WRC for this event including some new differential settings, which should make it easier to drive," Andersson added.