The week prior to the dispute of the Rally of Italy-Sardinia have
turned out to be the perfect setting for a good number of test between the
manufacturers involved in the WRC. The pre-testing of the own rally have
added test Volkswagen with the Polo R WRC in 2017 on the island itself
Italian. The margin of all this work in the floor trans, Tommi Mäkinen
Racing has returned to Catalunya to re-evaluate the performance of the Toyota
Yaris WRC and complete the work which could not take place for fifteen days by
the various mechanical problems experienced.
After the test completed by Hyundai during the
last week, with Dani Sordo at the wheel, the team more active in Sardinia has been
M-Sport. The preparer british is going through a difficult season because of the
poor performance is showing the Ford Fiesta RS WRC in the relationship
the rest of their rivals. In spite of this, Mads Ostberg has been the manager of open
this test, although soon given the slack in these tests to Lorenzo Bertelli.
The Italian rider returns to competition at home after missing the Rally of Portugal due to an untimely injury.
Unlike M-Sport, Volkswagen has with the World
Rally Car reference, so that the German educational may focus part
of their efforts in the development of the Polo R WRC 2017. So much so that the
tests carried out by the German firm in Sardinia have had the car for the next
year as the protagonist. Marcus Gronholm has been in charge of leading the
fourth test of this mule testing. In the same way that Sébastien Ogier and
Andreas Mikkelsen have also been uploaded to this unit test in Sardinia, is
expected that Jari-Matti Latvala doing the same this weekend.
Away from the Italian lands, Tommi Mäkinen Racing continues
your own testing program. After the reliability problems of the engine lived
during the first test in Catalunya, the team has become to move to
Spain to conclude the tests with the Toyota Yaris WRC in this scenario. Of
this way, Juho Hänninen works with the Toyota Yaris WRC in
our country, while Tommi Makinen has been put at the controls of a second mule
tests in Finland with the aim of speeding up the pace of the test and power
to recover the time lost two weeks ago.