The SWRC French Rally this weekend (30 September – 2 October 2011) is the second last event of the 2011 World Championship. The Red Bull ŠKODA team of Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula looks forward to safeguard their lead. Hermann Gassner jun. & Kathi Wüstenhagen too are anticipating a good finish.
Going into the French Rally the 7th event of the season, Hänninen & Markkula are leading the series. The second last rally will see Gassner jun. & Wüstenhagen move forward with an offensive strategy. The Alsatia program comprises of 23 stages. Juho Hänninen and co-driver Mikko Markkula, Championship leader’s enroute to this weekend are a great starting position.
Hermann Gassner jun. & Kathi Wüstenhagen (GER) as per the team’s decision will take an offensive strategy similar to the German Rally. The second team goes into the French Rally with high ambitions. Expectations are high in the penultimate race of the 2011 SWRC season.
Raimund Baumschlager Head of the Red Bull ŠKODA team had this to say. “The question who will win the championship this season is to be answered soon. Quite logically, the atmosphere in our team, including among the drivers, is quite intense. Juho can take a giant leap towards winning the title – he has already shown how good he is, and he has to play it cool. Hermann had a very good debut in the IRC, and he can drive aggressively and show his skill also this time. One way or another, this rally will offer a big dose of thrill and emotions.”
Juho Hänninen had this to say. “The French Rally is a tabula rasa for me. We are approaching it with maximum focus and we certainly want to win as many points as possible, because every point counts at this stage of the season. The track is difficult and may be pretty unpredictable, particularly if the weather is rainy and the track muddy.”
Hermann Gassner jun had this to say. “This is the first time I am driving the Fabia Super2000 at this rally, but I tried the track already last year, although I was part of a different team then. The track is comparable with that of the German Rally. If everything goes well, we should achieve a decent result.”