Catalunya : Red Bull Skoda Team - Preview
After a short break – Mexico was not contested – the first big tarmac challenge awaits the Red Bull Skoda Team, run by BRR (Baumschlager Rallye & Racing), in the Spanish round of the WRC, the fourth event of the season.
preparations in the shape of successful test sessions for Aigner and Panizzi in Spain were intense.
Gilles Panizzi, a true tarmac specialist, has already won this rally twice before, in 2002 and 2003: "I am 100 percent motivated, and I will give it my all, just like earlier this year during the first leg of the Monte Carlo Rally. Of course Sebastian Loeb is the measure of all things in Spain. I will try nonetheless to set fast times with a good setup and achieve for Skoda the best result possible with the help of the engineers and the entire team."
Like in Monte Carlo, Panizzi will have to use a passive differential in Spain to meet regulations.
Andreas Aigner will start his third world championship event at the wheel of the Skoda Fabia WRC in Spain after finishing 13th in Monte Carlo and retiring in Sweden: "I am really looking forward to the task ahead. Once again, I need to put in a flawless drive and finish the rally with a solid performance. Each and every kilometre will help me along, since the next rally in Corsica will be on tarmac as well."
The two team representatives Armin Schwarz and Raimund Baumschlager share a common outlook. "We need to get both cars to the finish, just like in Monte Carlo. If we are mindful of this intention, everything else will follow by itself."
346.43 kilometres over 16 special stages
The 42nd RallyeRACC Catalunya gets under way on Thursday, March 23rd at 8 p.m. with a ceremonial start in Salou. From Friday through Sunday (March 24th to 26th), 16 special stages are scheduled over a competitive distance of 346.43 kilometres. The overall length of the rally amounts to 1,376.14 kilometres, with the finish on Sunday expected at 2.56 p.m. in Salou.
Press release Red Bull Skoda Team