FIA Junior World driver quotes ahead of Sweden Rally

FIA Junior World driver quotes ahead of Sweden Rally

12.02.2018: FIA JUNIOR WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Sweden Rally 2018 Emil Bergkvist said: “It feels great to start the season at my home event and it looks

FIA JUNIOR WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Sweden Rally 2018





Emil Bergkvist said:


“It feels great to start the season at my home event and it looks as though the competition will be really strong this year. To get used to driving an R2 car again, I completed a test with the Fiesta on snow and it felt really good. I got a positive surprise when I got behind the wheel of this car.”



Luca Bottarelli said:


“I was able to get quite familiar with the Fiesta R2 in Krakow last month. There might not have been much snow on the road, but it was a good opportunity to get to grips with the car. My experience on icy roads is quite limited, so my goal is to show an improvement from stage to stage. It won’t be an easy start, but I’m confident that we can improve throughout the season.”




Theo Chalal said:



“Rally Sweden is unique in the championship and represents a real challenge for anyone not accustomed to winter rallying. The Nordic drivers will be fast here, so I am viewing it as an opportunity to gauge how quickly I can learn and progress. I am aware of the opportunity this championship presents, and I want to learn and discover as much as possible.



“I have tried to be methodical in my preparations this year and was able to take part in Rallye Monte-Carlo as a Safety Crew last month. It was a good chance to get a feel for the environment at this level, and also to feel some snow under my wheels! I received support from Stephane Sarrazin and Laurent Clutier to help refine my driving technique on winter roads which was really informative.”




Callum Devine said:


“We managed to get some good seat time with the Fiesta R2 in Krakow last month, but this will be my first time properly driving on snow. There’ll be an element of the unknown, but we plan to make the most of the event – getting though all of the stages and learning as much as we can. It will be a big challenge, but one that I am looking forward to.”




Emilio Fernández said:



“Snow is not a terrain that I know so we need to drive a clever rally next week – using the event to get good experience of the Fiesta R2 as well as the team we’ll be working with throughout the year.



"We aim to complete the full rally and gain as many points as we can ahead of the more familiar surfaces. In preparation, I’ve also done some simulator driving on snow – hopefully the virtual experience will look like the real one!”





Terry Folb said:



"Our ambitions for Rally Sweden are to be able to fight at the front. There are several Nordic drivers so the competition will be really strong and it’s an event that I need to discover. For the championship, a podium would be a good result.



“To be best prepared for the challenges ahead, I have completed some tests on snow and ice. I have also watched a lot of on-board footage to see how the top drivers tackle this surface."




Jean-Baptiste Franceschi said:



“It’s a dream come true to start this amazing event. Of course it won’t be easy and we will have a lot to discover about this surface and about the studded tyres, but I am really looking forward to it. I want to say a huge thanks to the French Federation for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to participate in this fabulous championship where it’s possible to win something really interesting.



“To prepare for this event, I competed at Rallye Monte-Carlo which was an awesome experience. I also had a test day in Poland where I discovered the car on gravel. There was no snow, but it was a really great experience and I’m really looking forward to starting this rally.”




David Holder said:



“We’re really excited about the challenge of tackling our very first snow rally next week. Naturally, we’ll have to take a more conservative approach to this one and be realistic in our expectations. There’ll be some strong competition, and a clean rally will be key to a successful finish.


“We made the journey from New Zealand last week so I can say that I am already used to the cold. After testing the Fiesta with the M-Sport team in Krakow, we headed to Norway for a small stint on an ice lake to get a feeling for what lies ahead. Our preparation has been good, but I know that there will be plenty to learn next week.”




Enrico Oldrati said:



“With no experience competing on snow, Rally Sweden will be a tough opener to the season. In Italy, we don’t have anything like this event but I have been trying to improve my knowledge about how to drive a two-wheel-drive car on snow.


“My plan for the rally is to improve with every stage and bring the Fiesta to the end without incident. This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I want to thank my family for making it possible.”




Dennis Rådström said:


“Ever since I was a little kid I have dreamed of competing at Rally Sweden and this year the conditions are going to be really, really nice – it’s a dream come true! My aim is to thoroughly enjoy this opportunity – to have fun and to do my best on every stage.



“Having done a lot of testing, and two rallies here in Sweden, I’m feeling well prepared and hoping to challenge at the top of the field. Let’s see what we can do.”




Julius Tannert said:



“First of all, I’m happy to start my second season in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship and want to thank my partners for this opportunity. We recently had a test in Finland to get a feel for the studded tyres on snow and, during the winter break, I have been improving my fitness so as to be best prepared for the year ahead.


“Rally Sweden will be a new adventure for me. I’m sure that the conditions will be perfect next week and that the competition will be extremely strong, but I plan to use all of my experience from last year and hope to fight for the podium.”



Ken Torn said:


“My mission next week is to deliver a clean rally and a strong performance that will allow us to fight for the win. We’ve competed on this surface before, and we’ve just completed a good test on snow so I’m feeling well prepared and ready for the challenge.”



Tom Williams said:



“I honestly can’t wait to get the season started at Rally Sweden – the conditions look fantastic with meter high snow banks! I spent the winter break working at John Haughland’s winter rally school in Norway. It was a fantastic opportunity which meant I was able to learn a lot about how to drive on the ice and snow. I’m really looking forward to next week and hope to have a smooth rally with some good mileage under my belt.”


 


RALLY SWEDEN ENTRY LIST



Emil Bergkvist (SWE) / Ola Fløene (NOR)
Luca Bottarelli (ITA) / Manuel Fenoli (ITA)
Theo Chalal (FRA) / Jaques-Julien Renucci (FRA)
Callum Devine (IRL) / Keith Moriarty (IRL)
Emilio Fernández (CHI) / Joaquin Riquelme (CHI)
Terry Folb (FRA) / Christopher Guieu (FRA)
Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (FRA) / Romain Courbon (FRA)
David Holder (NZL) / Jason Ronald Farmer (NZL)
Enrico Oldrati (ITA) / Danilo Fappani (ITA)
Dennis Rådström (SWE) / Johan Johansson (SWE)
Julis Tannert (GER) / Jürgen Heigl (AUT)
Ken Torn (EST) / Kuldar Sikk (EST)
Tom Williams (GBR) / Phil Hall (GBR)




Anna Louise Rudd- photo M-Sport

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