Luis Moya believes it's a possibility
After an encouraging performance in Turkey, the Subaru World Rally Team are looking forward to the next round of the championship, Rally Australia.
SWRT's Sporting Director Luis Moya talks about the specific challenges of the
Australian event and the team's objectives for that race.
“Historically speaking, Australia has been a good event for the Subaru World Rally Team, even though it's a particularly challenging one for drivers. The stages are generally fast – only Finland is faster - and precision is essential.
“The racing line offers a reasonable amount of grip once the slippery, ‘rolling-stones' gravel has been cleared, but the first cars on the road suffer as they have to clear the line for everyone else. The advantages of starting further down the order are perhaps the most exaggerated of the year and with the start order for Leg one based on positions in the Championship, this is something that Petter and Chris might be able to use to their advantage this year.
“The wide variety of speeds and corners can be punishing, but the tree-lined route can be even harder as even the tiniest of mistakes can spell retirement.
With the rally taking place at the beginning of the Australian summer, the weather is normally warm but rain showers are not unheard of and these may add a further dimension to the mix. As always, the choice of tyres will be crucial. Most drivers tend to go for a softer compound with a fairly open pattern for grip, but the softer rubber can move around a lot on the clean line if the temperature is high.
“Our objectives are to give Petter and Chris good, reliable cars that will enable them to push consistently throughout the rally. In terms of finishing positions, I feel we should be able to get both cars into the top five. As long as they run reliably and keep out of trouble a podium finish is not out of the question for either driver. On this rally, consistency is key.”
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