Before the Swedish Rally 2006
Xavier Pons is hoping to score points in what will be his fourth participation to the Swedish Rally, the second round of the World Rally Championship.
The Swedish Rally 2003 was your debuts in WRC? Tell us a bit more about this event…
was simply incredible! Before coming to Sweden, I had only competed in five rallies in Spain in my whole career. So you can imagine how I felt for my first World event… I was excited, nervous and without any experience on this terrain. My target was to reach the finish and I managed it. It was a fantastic time which I will never forget…”
You took part in the 2004 and 2005 editions, again with a group N car. What is your opinion about this event?
“I like this rally which I know quite well now. Of course for a Latin driver, the conditions aren't the best to perform. But I really enjoy driving on these very fast roads. It will be the championship's second round and I hope to score valuable points in spite of the fact I've never driven a WRC in such conditions and that I have everything to learn of the Xsara on snow.”
What do you expect there? Which are your goals for this event?
“I hope to progress throughout the rally. I feel really well in the team where everybody is very welcoming. The advice of Seb' and the trust that Marc Van Dalen has given me make me want to do the best I can. I've understood what this extraordinary team is expecting and I will try not to deceive anyone.”
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