Before Rally Argentina
After a convincing win in Corsica, Kronos Racing is getting ready to face the next event, Rally Argentina. Team Principal Marc Van Dalen talks about this forthcoming challenge.
Your team has discovered Argentina last year. What do you remember
from this participation?
“What comes first to my mind is the popular, warm and joyful side of the event. It's a rally that all drivers and co-drivers appreciate particularly. We experienced a problem-free race last year especially for the water-splashes as we were well advised by Citroën Sport. We were delighted with our finish with Manfred Stohl and Xevi Pons being the two first privateers. The conditions were wintry. This year some things would have changed as the rally takes place almost three months earlier, in autumn in the Southern hemisphere. But it won't be completely unknown as the Citroën team had competed in the event in 2003.”
You certainly have learned from the Mexican round…
“We have verified with a great pleasure that the Xsara still has the potential to fight in front. Seb could make up the time he had lost on Petter Solberg after he had to clean the road. Regarding Marcus Grönholm we still have the same question mark as before Corsica. In Mexico, like in Catalunya, Marcus was delayed just at the same time as Seb, having changed his set-up, increased the pace.
Of course, I wish that this continues and that another rally-free mistake of the team allows the ‘Xsara/BFGoodrich/Loeb/Elena' package to fight for the win. I also expect a good performance from Xevi Pons who will benefit from last year's experience here behind the wheel of the Xsara WRC.”
What is Dani Sordo's target in Argentina ? And what programme for him next?
“For Dani, we can also think of ‘parallels' between the pairs Catalunya/Corsica and Mexico/Argentina. In Corsica, he had to confirm his excellent Spanish result and he did it brilliantly. In Argentina, we hope to see him drive on a higher pace than Mexico but he has to keep in mind that his priority number one is to be at the finish to pile up the most experience he can. Regarding the rest of his programme, there are good news. His Spanish supports and partners have decided to help him competing on a WRC in Sardinia and Greece which will be the two remaining events before the season break. He participated in these two events last year in Super 1600. In Sardinia, he will be like every time so far our ‘Third man'.”
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