Francois Delecour reckons age will be no barrier when he launches his audacious bid to win the Sibiu Rally, round eight of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, which takes place in Romania this week.
Delecour, who will drive a Peugeot 207 Super 2000, is making his second start in this year's IRC having impressed in a Renault Megane RS on Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse in May.
He also did well on Rallye Monte Carlo back in January too, the opening round in the 2012 FIA World Rally
Championship, finishing sixth overall in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC entered by M-Sport.
“I have a very good feeling with Romania and all the fans and I am going there to win; that's the target for sure,” said the 49-year-old.
“How realistic an objective that is, I don't know: we will only find out when we get to the stages.
“But I've tried to keep myself in shape and my car is very good as well: it is new and with the 2012 specification.”
Delecour competed on the Sibiu Rally last year and that could give the Frenchman an added advantage.
“I have very good memories of the rally last year. It's a beautiful rally; it reminds me a little bit of Greece but I mean the nice bits of Greece: not the parts that are really rough,” he continued.
“There is a definite rhythm to the stages, and you have to understand that rhythm in order to be fast. So it's a rally where you need good pacenotes so that the car really flows: you want a smooth style, nothing too aggressive, and a neutral set-up.
“You make the car work for you and not force it, because that is best for the nature of the stages on this rally.”