Conclusive test for the Subaru driver
Chris Atkinson had a busy weekend, testing in Greece last Friday and Saturday. In total, the Subaru driver completed 370 km at the wheel of his Impreza WRC.
The SWRT squad worked on differential settings and the evaluation of different
dampers on a 4.6 km course.
The temperature stayed around 15¢ªC, which might not be very close to the usually hot weather conditions at the Acropolis Rally. However, the test was still a good basis to acquire more data and find an initial set-up for the car.
"We spent most of the time on differential settings, trying different variations," explained Atkinson. "We did some good steps forward from Argentina, you never know what is going to happen. As far as tyres, we worked focusing towards Greece. We made small changes with what worked last year in Greece. It's hard to know until we get to the stages. Pirelli is working hard to improve and that is always encouraging."
Atkinson had the opportunity to talk with his teammate Petter Solberg about the two-day test: "Talking to Petter about the testing, he is happy with everything We went in a similar direction. It's always good to compare feedback to make sure we're both heading in the right direction."
The Australian is not expecting an easy race at the Acropolis Rally (2-4 June): ¡°Greece is going to be harder than Italy, and it's also hard for most of the competitors. But, we will be fighting and try to get a good position with consistent times, 5th or 6th around that pace," concluded Atkinson.
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