A win in Germany, now moving on to Switzerland
Alexandre Bengué's busy end-of-season programme continues with this weekend's Rallye International du Valais, the final round of the 2006 Swiss Rally Championship.
After their emphatic Group N win in last week's Lausitz
Rallye, the Pyrenees-based driver and his lady co-driver travelled directly to Switzerland to begin recce for the all-asphalt Swiss classic.
“We were very pleased with our performance in Germany," says Alexandre looking back at last weekend's result. "We didn't feel any apprehension at all, but the car and event were both new to us, we were working with a new team and, perhaps more than anything else, it was our first outing on gravel for many years and we faced a pretty strong entry.
"By finishing ahead of a number of experienced Group N drivers who were much more familiar with the Lausitz Rallye's stages, I think we showed that the Méca-Performance-run Mitsubishi Evo 9 is both reliable and competitive and that the pacenote system we have developed in the World Championship is secure and works well.
"As the rally progressed, my reflexes on the loose began to come back to me and I was able to push harder. The stages ranged from medium fast to extremely fast and our times were very encouraging."
“Méca-Performance boss Christophe Sormani suggested that on our way back from Lausitz we should take part in the Rallye du Valais… and that will obviously be a great chance for us to continue on our momentum with continued support from Team Abrisud and Pirelli.
“This event will enable us to get to know the team even better before travelling to Cardiff for December's Wales Rally GB which we will start with the same car. And in order to keep our eye in, we are scheduled drive a Porsche GT zero car on the Rallye des Cévennes in France,” added Alexandre.