Catalunya : OMV CEE - Shakedown
The OMV Rally Team CZ completed the 4,34 kilometres long shakedown near Tivissa four times.
In the end they finished with the 17th best time. Stepan Vojtech was content and had gained experience once again. But the 28-year-old wants more
than just to gather kilometres at his third WRC start. Therefore the shakedown was important to see where he stands and to find out who could be possible opponents for a good result.
Choice of tyres is a science
If there is one thing that Stepan Vojtech learned right from the start of the shakedown than it is that the right choice of tyres is a science – a decisive one, at that, for top times. The OMV driver chose a mixture that was too hard for the 4,34 long test track.
Vojtech: “There was already a lot of dirt on the road, which means that softer tyres would have been better. At least we learned a lot that could be of help during the next days. On the other hand we lost some time and only reached 17th place in the shakedown. But fortunately this doesn't count for the rally."
In 2:38,1 minutes the Czech OMV duo was in the range of Skoda works driver Andreas Aigner (Aut), Ford-M2 works driver Matthew Wilson (GB) and in front of Ford driver Gareth Mac Hale (Irl), who had reached sixth overall place in Mexico three weeks ago.
Stepan Vojtech was not entirely sure prior to the Movistar RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada who his closest opponents would be.
This vacuum has been filled after the shakedown. The OMV driver is confident even though the Peugeot 206 WRC stems from the year 2000 and is therefore probably the oldest car in the top WRC field. Vojtech: “Everything is up to date. The engine even arrived just two days ago. During the shakedown we saw that we don't have to hide from most of the much newer WRCs. We obviously want to cross the finishing line on Sunday, without SupeRally, at that, but we also want to reach several respectable times. We'll mainly focus on Wilson, Mac Hale and Aigner.”
The Movistar RallyRACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada will commence on Friday at 6.45 in Port Aventura. 16 special stages with a length of 346,43 kilometres are scheduled until Sunday. On Friday 137,25 kilometres will be completed during six special stages. The first car is being expected at the finish of the leg at about 18.20. The rally will finish on Sunday at 14.56 in Salou.
Press release OMV CEE