A Super 2000 initiation for the WRC regular
Conrad Rautenbach has said his run to seventh place on the IRC round held at Rally Azores represented a mission accomplished.
Rautenbach is normally found at the wheel of a Citroen C4 WRC on world championship rallies but
wanted to try his hand at Super 2000 technology, opting for a Peugeot 207 run by the French PH Sport team.
"I'm pleased with the way everything has gone," the Zinbabwean said after the Atlantic archipelago event. "We came here with zero experience of not just this car but this completely different way of driving. The difference surprised me. The lack of low down torque is the biggest thing. It's surprising how often you use that to get you out of trouble in a World Rally Car and how much you miss it when it's not there.
For his first try at S2000 machinery during the Intercontinental Rally Challenge's fourth round, Rautenbach explained: "The sole objective for me was to get through the stages, make all of the kilometres and get as much seat time in a car without a turbo as possible."
"I've done that and I've learned a heck of a lot," he reported. "The fact that we've bagged some IRC points at the same time is good news for me as well."
Rautenbach said he is not sure if he will drive a Super 2000 car again this year.
He returns to the World Rally Championship this week for the season's sixth round which also takes place on an island, this time in the Mediterranean: Rally d'Italia Sardegna.