A tough rally for the cars
Subaru World Rally Team Managing Director Richard Taylor describes the challenge ahead for the 12th round of the World Championship, the 34th edition of the Cyprus Rally.
“Cyprus Rally has a unique character; its tight, twisty roads mean
that average speeds will be less than half those experienced at the last European event in Finland a few weeks ago. The low speeds and high temperatures make Cyprus very tough on both cars and drivers.
“Preparation therefore focuses on cooling, both for mechanical components and the interior of the car. We also make sure the crews are in the best possible physical condition to cope with the demands of the heat and the extra effort needed to attack roads that contain more corners per kilometre than any other WRC event.
“Cyprus marks the midway point of the second half of the season.
In Germany, Finland and Japan we struggled to achieve a consistent level of car performance, but despite a gap of only two weeks between the finish of the last event and the start of Cyprus, the team has undertaken an extensive and extended test in Sardinia that will finish less than 36 hours before the start of the Cyprus recce. Our test objectives have been twofold; first, to develop a chassis set-up that gives Petter and Chris a more consistent car, and second, to finalise the most suitable specification for the unique conditions found on this event.
“Competition at the head of the field is always tough in the WRC, but over the last five events of 2007 we are looking for a significant improvement on our recent results. The drivers, engineers, technicians and our tyre partner Pirelli have been working flat out to make sure we soon add to Subaru's 47 WRC event wins.”
Press release Subaru World Rally Team