Before Rally Catalunya 2006
Born June 15 1977 in Fréjus (F). Second season in the JWRC. Was the Junior Champion in 2003.
Three years after winning the title, you are back competing in the JWRC. How did that come about?
"I had been involved in talks about competing
in either the French or Italian Championships when I received a phone call from Yves Matton who asked me to come to Versailles-Satory where I met Guy Fréquelin. Given my knowledge of the JWRC qualifying rounds, they offered me the C2 Super 1600 drive vacated by Dani Sordo. Four years after leaving Citroën with the French Super 1600 title in my pocket, I was both touched and proud that they should think of me and that Guy Fréquelin should place his faith in me once again. It didn't take long for me to accept!"
In what frame of mind will you tackle the Rally Catalunya?
"I join the team just before the start of the programme and I will take part in a test session organised just before the first event. I have to say I'm very much looking forward to it. It's been two years since I last drove a two-wheel drive car and the C2 is a new generation Super 1600 car. It is obviously very different to the Saxo with which I won the 2002 French Championship. I have no illusions though; I will need time to ease myself back in, especially since my only experience of Catalunya is that of the former stages further to the north. I took part in the 2000 event but retired before reaching the southern loop. The car and the event will both be new to me, so I will play it safely and take time to find my marks."
What will your objective be after that?
"Guy Fréquelin and Yves Matton couldn't have been clearer. Like Kris, who is very experienced, I am in the team to enable the C2 Super 1600 to finish on the podium as often and as high up as possible. Above all, that means finishing. After getting my eye back in, I hope I will be fast enough to battle with the front-runners. And if I see a chance of winning, I will do my best to take it."
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