Harry Hunt out to impress on second S2000 outing in Sanremo

Harry Hunt out to impress on second S2000 outing in Sanremo

09.10.2012: Sanremo Rally: Event Preview Britain’s Harry Hunt will be joined by former World Rally Championship co-driver Dale

Sanremo Rally: Event Preview

Britain’s Harry Hunt will be joined by former World Rally Championship co-driver Dale Moscatt in a Peugeot 207 S2000 when he competes on this weekend’s Rally Sanremo, a round of both the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and European Rally Championship.

Sanremo will mark the second time that the 24-year-old Londoner has competed in the powerful four-drive-wheel S2000 machine, but his debut on the IRC. Back in September, Harry put in a flawless performance when he finished fourth in class and 12th overall on the Rallye Mont Blanc Morzine.

Harry’s Peugeot 207 S2000 will be run by experienced Belgian team Kronos Racing: the same outfit that took recently-crowned nine-time world rally championship Sebastien Loeb to the driver’s World Rally Championship in 2006.

“I can’t wait to get back in the S2000,” said an excited Harry who has competed in Sanremo before. “Obviously I’m disappointed not to have Robbie beside me in the car but I’m pleased to hear that he is making a speedy recovery. He has now returned home from Bulgaria and he’s been resting his back over the past few days.”

Harry added: “Dale will be the perfect replacement, he has been with us for a test in Sanremo over the weekend and is very professional. He is also very experienced having partnered Evgeny Novikov in the WRC before so that is very important when you’re hurtling through twisty mountain passes at over 130kph!”

Harry, who has been leading the the IRC two-wheel-drive standings for the majority of the season is now seven points adrift of the lead. With the drive in an S2000 car for Sanremo meaning Harry is unable to score IRC 2WD Cup points, the 24-year-old will be focused on clinching a 2WD victory on the closing round in Cyprus next month.

“There’s still a strong mathematical chance that we can win the IRC 2WD Cup,” explained Harry. “There’s double points up for grabs in Cyprus which will definitely work in our favour. But at the moment, I want to concentrate on Sanremo in the S2000 and have my fingers crossed that Robbie will make a full recovery very soon.”

Famed for its twisty mountain passes, undulating roads and unpredictable weather, Rally Sanremo is the penultimate round of this year’s all-action IRC and the last all-asphalt round of the series.  The crews face extra pressure this year as the 202-kilometre event is contained within a small 25-hour competitive window including a tricky 44km stage run in darkness.

Harry’s team manager, Iwan Evans, commented: “We had a great test on two different roads near Imperia last weekend, and we were quickly able to reaquaint ourselves with the 207, as well as fine tune our set-up for the event. One challenge that may surprise us is the weather: rain is forecast for Friday night and we have no experience of this car in this car but I’m sure Harry will be able to rise to the challenge.”

A ceremonial start in Sanremo on Friday 12 October will signal the beginning of Rally Sanremo before the IRC crews battle it out over 10 stages totaling 202 competitive kilometres.

People at home can keep up with Harry’s exploits in Sanremo through his regularly-updated Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/harryhuntrally), his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/harryhuntmotorsport) and his website (www.harryhuntmotorsport.com).

Rachel Cavers, also photo

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09.10.2012 / MaP

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