Moya & Farrell talk about Rally d'Italia Sardegna
After a strong performance on the gravel roads of Argentina, the Subaru World Rally Team is confident of achieving another good result in Sardinia.
Team Directors Luis Moya and Steve Farrell talk about their team's expectations
for the seventh round of the World Championship.
Luis Moya, Sporting Director
“Sardinia has been a good event for the team. We've won there before and we test extensively on the island so we are very familiar with the conditions and challenges of the rally. Petter's target, as ever, is to finish as high as possible. He's quite capable of finishing in the top two on this event and maximising the amount of drivers' points he scores. Chris' aim is to be consistent and deliver an acceptable pace with zero errors. Chris has tested in Sardinia before and he's just come back from a two-day test in Greece so his confidence in the car is high. We know he has the speed to finish in the top five.”
Steve Farrell, Team Director of Engineering
“Sardinia and the following Rally Acropolis are paired events and for the first time this year, the chassis, engine and transmission must be used for two consecutive rallies, although one gearbox can be changed in Greece.
Running the same car in the two events shouldn't be too much of a problem for us, however, as we've had a good run of reliability in the last four rallies. The challenge will be that the two events each require different set-ups. Sardinia is narrow and twisty whereas Greece is much faster so the engineers and drivers will be looking at the car in close detail to analyse how we can find the best compromise.
“We had a four-day test in Greece where we tried to prepare as much as we could for this rally. Petter's experience was invaluable. He was able to consider the set-up for the narrow, looser roads even though we were in Greece where the road conditions are different. We looked at tyres and differential settings in particular and the improvements we found should give us a faster package to take the challenge to Loeb.
“The pace we showed in Argentina was good and we're confident that, given the right conditions, we can be up there fighting for a win.”
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