''Our drivers are all very eager to succeed''
The Citroen Junior Team continues its maiden World Rally Championship campaign this weekend at Rally Sardinia, sixth round and midpoint of the 2009 season.
The CJT will have a trio of C4 WRCs to count on during the Mediterranean
island event, with Conrad Rautenbach, Evgeny Novikov and Sebastien Ogier on hand to to tackle the rough gravel trails situated in the mountains surrounding the port town of Olbia.
Team Manager Benoit Nogier answers a few questions regarding their Rally D'Italia Sardegna objectives and the operation's ongoing programme.
Does the Citroen Junior Team have any new objectives at this time?
"Our aim is always to see all our Citroen C4 WRCs at the finish. We will take each day of the rally as it comes, with humility, so that we can learn from our past experience. At the end of every day we will take a good look at where we are and adjust our plans accordingly."
So gaining experience is a priority for all the crews?
"Our drivers are all very eager to succeed. In Italy, as has been the case since the start of the season, they will have to accumulate experience and build up confidence. Sebastien Ogier showed in Argentina that he could be very consistent and steer clear of mistakes, and we're looking to him to repeat that great form in Italy. The same applies to Conrad Rautenbach, who deserves a good result.
Evgeny Novikov now needs to consolidate the promising performance he showed on his last round in Portugal. We really hope to see him at the finish."
In Italy there will once more be three Citroen C4 WRCs entered; what is the plan for the rest of the Citroen Junior Team's programme this year?
"Conrad Rautenbach will be present with our team on the entire World Rally Championship this season. Evgeny Novikov, who missed Argentina, returns to the Citroen Junior Team on this rally and he will also be in Greece. He is currently looking for backing for the rest of the season."
"After a strong performance in Argentina, which satisfied the entire team, Sebastien Ogier will also be entered for Greece. He has already shown great potential during the six-event programme that was agreed at the start of the year. We would love to see him in Poland but we still need to find some budget. We are working on that on a rally-by-rally basis."