Norway – a real challenge for Aigner

Norway – a real challenge for Aigner

15.02.2007: Norway – a real challenge for Aigner

Rally Norway 2007, February 16th – 18th, 2007

The Red Bull Rallye Team Aigner (AUT)/Wicha (GER) – Mitsubishi EVO IX – completed the shakedown on a "bobsleigh run", the car works perfectly

Just a few days after the Swedish Rally, the Red Bull Rallye Team of Andreas Aigner/Klaus Wicha – Mitsubishi EVO XI – will again be fighting for precious seconds. But in contrast to last week, Rally Norway, which gets under way in Hamar tomorrow, does not count towards the PWRC. This fact gives the young Austrian an opportunity not only to get to know the stages (Norway plays host to the WRC for the first time), but also to optimize his potential as a driver.

Andreas Aigner: "This will be one tough job. Many special stages which are constantly changing, sometimes narrow, sometimes wide. It was very hard even during the recce to get the pace notes right. And at competitive speed it will be even more difficult to adjust perfectly to the rather exceptional conditions. That said I’m still looking forward to this rally, it’s going to be a real challenge!"

The BRR crew already has a lot of hard work behind them, they put the Mitsubishi through its paces at the beginning of the week in a workshop that had been specifically rented for gauging the tracking.

"We wanted to play it safe after Andi’s off-road excursion in Sweden, we checked the entire bodywork and exchanged all essential parts. Now it’s as good as new", team boss Raimund Baumschlager explains.

Andreas Aigner was able to make sure of that in today’s shakedown: "The car is working perfectly. Unfortunately we were unable to test more extensively since about 120 WRC runs had been completed beforehand, and therefore not much snow was left, just gravel. The stage more or less resembled a bobsleigh run by then", says Aigner.

The first special stage gets under way on Friday at 7.41 a.m., with a total of eight stages to be run tomorrow.

- Thomas Blazek, Christian Kuda

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15.02.2007 / MaP

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