Before Rally Argentina
Kronos driver Xavier Pons participated in Rally Argentina before but it turned out to be a difficult race for him. The Spaniard will be hoping for better luck in this year's edition of the event.
Did you know Argentina before competing there
in 2004? What do you remember of that event?
“2004 was my first time there. For us, the Rally Argentina is great. It's the Championship's Spanish gravel round…and the Argentine meat isn't bad, is it? Apart from that, I don't keep very good memories of the 2004 event. We were driving on a group N car Dani [Sordo] and I, and we both had a lot of problems. From the first day, we were stopped in the same water-splash of ‘Villa Giardino' where we lost around thirty or forty minutes. We retired at the same time on the next stage. The superally allowed us to compete in one stage on the second day ‘Amboy' before our transmission broke, but fortunately we could drive through all five Sunday speed tests.”
You haven't driven a lot in Mexico. How did your gravel tests in Sardinia go? How is your feeling with the Xsara WRC on that surface?
“I took part in a test with Citroën Sport in Sardinia just before the Catalunya rally. I think we have found a good set-up for the Argentine gravel. We also tried the BFGoodrich range. I really enjoyed that day.
For a young driver, covering the biggest number of kilometres in test is a good way to prepare the future. To work with such a professional team is fantastic. It's a real opportunity to learn more about the car, how to do good technical choices and get the feeling with the different tyres. In a word, to progress.”
Last year, the Argentine round was your second rally at the wheel of the Xsara. You finished second best privateer and tenth overall. What did you think of the rally route?
“Because it was only my second rally with the Xsara, I started with the intention to learn. And that's what I did. We didn't make any mistake and came tenth overall with 20 WRCs at the start. The rally route is rather technical with a big variety of stages. I like that. I think to be fast in this South-American event you need experience. I have a bit more this year and I will try to claim for a better result. I hope we can count on the Argentine fans.”
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