Gearing up for a return to tarmac in Germany
We are hoping for good fortunes as we return home for Rallye Deutschland, round ten of the 2019 WRC season and the second tarmac rally of the year.
Twisty vineyard tracks in the Mosel, smooth Saarland countryside, and multi-surface military roads keep our drivers on their toes throughout, especially when unpredictable weather is added into the mix.
Thierry/Nicolas, Andreas/Anders and Dani/Carlos will compete in the three Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars. All three of our crews will be aiming for a strong and consistent weekend to help the team maintain the lead of the championship.
Ready for the challenge
Our team had a satisfactory outing earlier this month in Rally Finland, our toughest event of the season. We lead the manufacturers’ standings by 24 points over our nearest rivals with five rounds of the season remaining.
“We are excited to compete in our home event and build on our recent good form,” said our Team Director Andrea. “We took victory in the first tarmac rally of the year on Corsica, and we have been working hard to be able to challenge for the win again in Germany.”
Our Belgian crew secured our maiden WRC victory at Rallye Deutschland in 2014 and have set their sights on a return to their winning ways.
“Germany is a very challenging event due to the fact that you have three different days with very different characteristics,” commented Thierry. “We will be pushing to fight at the front.”
Proven pace setters
Dani and Carlos return for their first event since their victory in Sardinia. “I have won here in the past and been on the podium many times,” said Dani. “Normally I am on the pace every year, so I hope this year will be the same.”
Our Norwegian crew will be aiming to build on their recent strong run on gravel. “Rallye Deutschland is a beautiful rally, and it will represent our first time on tarmac for quite a while. It’s important to find consistency and score as many points as possible,” concluded Andreas.
Rallye Deutschland takes in 19 stages over 343.95km, beginning on Thursday with the 5.2km St Wendeler Land sprint. Saturday will represent the longest day of the rally with eight stages over a competitive distance of 157.92km in the Saarland countryside and intimidating Baumholder military zone.