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Difficulty Expected For The MINI WRC At Rally Italy

The Rally Italy is scheduled between May 5-8 in Sardegna. MINI Countryman WRC driver Dani Sordo is excited over finally getting to take the rally car on an official outing. However, he believes the characteristics of the Italian roads will make it even more difficult for MINI to keep the pace with the leaders.

It is a tricky rally with narrow roads that can be very slippery,” said the Spaniard. “Some are twisty and some are fast. Also there is a lot of loose gravel on top of the surface and, once the early cars have been over, there is usually just the one line you can take.”

Often there are also large stones on the side of the road. I am very excited, like everyone in the team, but also quite nervous as we don’t know what to expect. It is really great to be starting the new programme with the new car.”

Teammate Kris Meeke agrees,
I have relatively recent experience as I was lucky enough last year to do this event when it was in the IRC and also did the Rally Costa Smeralda on the island. This is particularly good for me when going there in a new venture with a new rally car. We obviously have lots to learn about the WRC car. It is a tough rally to start out with the new car and will be a big test for the new team. At the end of the day only time will tell.

[Source: autoevolution]