Before Rally of Turkey
Born July 2 1979 in Dungannon, Ulster (GB).
Fourth season in the JWRC. Finished 3rd in the 2005 championship.
So far this year, you have led all the rounds in which you have competed and won just once. How do you analyse your season to
"The overall result unfortunately doesn't reflect the potential the CitroŽn C2 Super 1600 has shown on the stages! Everyone says that the car and the driver are the quickest of this year's JWRC but our season has been troubled by a variety of incidents. I'm more frustrated than disappointed, both for ourselves and the team. That said, we mustn't lose sight of the fact that rallying isn't circuit racing and that we are more exposed to outside factors. Examples include when we ran into a car concealed by a blind bend in Spain, or our awkward landing after a jump in Finland. Even our win in Germany wasn't all plain sailing during the early stages!"
How did your two previous visits to Turkey go and what lessons have the Turkish stages taught you?
"If you look at the photos, Turkey appears to be very similar to the Acropolis Rally or Cyprus. However, there are some big and quite contrasting differences.
The stages are smoother and faster but there are more stones and rocks. It's a tough event, especially for the Super 1600 cars and prior experience doesn't really give you an advantage. The roads tend to cut up a lot with each passing car and become increasingly difficult to drive on. You've got to be on your guard all the time but we will all start on a level playing field and it will be down to us to steer clear of all the pitfalls."
You still have an arithmetical chance of winning the title. In what state of mind will you tackle the two remaining events on your programme, which of course includes Turkey?
"Our approach won't change. We will begin at our own pace and try to score as many points as possible. We won't start totting up the points until the finish."
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