Tour de Corse : Subaru World Rally Team - Finish
Petter Solberg and Stéphane Sarrazin continued to test set-ups and gather more development data in the final Leg of the 2006 Tour de Corse. Both drivers had trouble-free runs in their Subaru Impreza WRC2006s and finished the
rally eighth and 11th respectively to collect seven manufacturers' points.
Chris Atkinson improvement on asphalt continued and he bettered each of his times in the repeat of the stages to conclude the event in 13th overall.
“This weekend was a bit difficult. We finished eighth only when the target was to be on the top. Last year we were fighting for the podium so we are a bit disappointed but if you want to be positive we didn't make any mistakes and we did some good times. I pushed all the weekend and we know what we need to do now, so we are focussed on the next rally already.”
“I'm actually glad it's over. I tried everything I could but we have a lot of work to do before we are fast enough on this surface. The focus now is the next rally. The result here has made me more determined to get a good finish in Argentina; I'm hungrier that ever to go for a win. I will not be playing at all in Argentina, I promise you.”
“We're pleased with what we've done, but obviously a bit disappointed not to be in the points, that's what we are after and we'll have to keep pushing.
Come Argentina, the next rally, I'm sure we'll be there fighting and we'll definitely be going flat out from the start.”
Luis Moya, SWRT Sporting Director
“Our performance this weekend has been below our expectations. Clearly we have work to do to increase our speed on asphalt and together with Pirelli we will continue to look for ways to improve. Fortunately for us, there are eleven more rallies left in this season. Our target for the next events is to go for victory.”
Less than three weeks after the Tour de Corse, the World Rally Championship makes its only visit of the year to South America for Rally Argentina.
This year the character of the rally will change with its earlier slot on the calendar, theoretically meaning less of the rain and mud that is typical of mid-winter in the southern hemisphere. Extremely tough on cars, with high altitudes and medium to fast soft gravel roads that can quickly become rutted and waterlogged, it's a challenging test for drivers.
Press release Subaru World Rally Team