Poland - Citroen Junior Team - Shakedown
During this morning's Rally Poland shakedown, the technical squad working with the Citroen Junior Team focused on setting up the operation's different C4 WRCs based on the feedback received from each of the three crews.
shakedown put us straight into the thick of things," observed Conrad Rautenbach, who is co-driven by Daniel Barritt. "This morning's stage was basically divided into parts, with an initial twisty run through the forest followed by a faster section. The conditions were good for our first run which went well, but the stage had cut up badly by the time we made our second pass."
"We tried several set-ups in a bid to find the best solution for tomorrow," he continued. "This event is new for everyone. If it stays dry, I hope we can put in a good performance, at least as good as our result in Greece."
Based on their five attempts at the shakedown test, Evgeny Novikov and Dale Moscatt also expect it to be a complex event: "I've never taken part in such a fast rally. It should be fun, but it will be important to stay focused from start to finish.
"I am pleased with the improvements we made to the set-up," he added. "My aim is to reach the finish. Even a small mistake could prove very costly here."
After finishing second in Greece, Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are in a relaxed frame prior to the start of the year's eighth round.
"The stages are very fast and the ground is soft," Ogier explained. "The conditions deteriorate quickly and worsen with every passing car. The second runs promise to be quite a handful because it's the stage which tends to steer the car!"
"From what I saw this morning, it promises to be a very complex weekend..."