M-Sport has lived through weeks of frenetic. The dispute of the Tour de Corse has given way to a visit express the Ford Fiesta RS WRC to the workshops of the team in Cumbria to ensure that the World Rally Car displaced at the Rally RACC Catalunya were in perfect condition. In between, the team of test M-Sport has moved to Barcelona to complete the first test on tarmac in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC from 2017. Now, Mads Ostberg and Eric Camilli are facing the Rally RACC Catalunya, the most complex test of the season to be held on a mixed surface.
Mads Ostberg comes finished in ninth place in the Tour de Corse, in a performance somewhat discreet. The pilot Norwegian was off the pace at all times and therefore expects to be able to turn the page on the stages of Salou: “This is an event that I really like and we have had good performances there in the past. I’m really looking forward to compete again in severe and we have learned a lot in the Tour de Corse to be able to be faster on asphalt. This is a single rally, and the key to this event is to get to adapt the style of piloting to every surface“.
The best result of Mikko Hirvonen in the Rally of Catalunya is the fourth position, because it has repeated up to three times and that could well be the objective in the face of this new edition: “After a week of learning in Corsica, we will try to put it all into practice Salou. There is still much work to be done, but I hope that we can show a great advance on the road. If everything works in our favor, I don’t see any reason why that may not be among the best, especially in gravel”.
More positive was the role of Eric Camilli in the Tour de Corse, although the French pilot reached the eighth position in his appointment of house. As happened in Corsica, the Rally RACC Catalunya will be the first rally mixed Camilli on a World Rally Car, although you know your stretches after competing with the Fiesta R5 in 2015: “Corsica was a very important event for me and I think that the work done there and test this week will help us in Spain. We have learned a lot in a very short space of time and we intend to continue with this line in the Rally RACC“.
Analyzing briefly the test in Salou, Eric Camilli explained: “I’ve Only been once there before, but I really like the stretches of asphalt. Seem to a circuit. we set good times in the past in these special, but it will be a very different fight with the strongest rider, and their World Rally Car, although I’m going to give the best. The goal is to have another rally incident-free, but if we feel comfortable, I think that it is possible to show a good speed as we did at the end of last week in Corsica”.