Martin Prokop (Citroen C2 S1600) and Michael Kosciusko (Suzuki Swift S1600)
Martin, last year it was a lack of consistency that hindered your chance of Championship glory, will your approach be different this year?
Yes we hope it will be better. We changed our strategy. We started last season flat-out and started to win the first rally and we crashed. Now we start a little bit more slowly and we have eight points in Juniors and six in Production, so we can start to go a little bit faster. We will also try to finish as much as possible and start really fighting in Sardinia.
Again you will be competing in the PWRC and JWRC, will one take precedence over the other?
I think Juniors is most important for me. It is my last year and I would like to make the best result to make the title. In the last years we were very close to the title and we would like to do it.
What is the strategy for this weekend from your perspective?
I don't know. It is not easy to get to the finish. This rally is not for my car. It is very hard. The best option is to stay in the hotel and go to the finish on Sunday! On the recce I drove no more than 25-30 km/h and I totally damaged my recce car. I don't know what we will do with the race car - maybe destroy it. On stage numbers one and two we can make nice times. I think we will lose all the time on stage number three. It is like a gravel stage and we have to change our speed on this one. We will see.
Michal, we saw you battling with Martin on many events last year, do you think he will be your biggest rival this year?
Of course he will be fast. It is difficult. There are only three of us (in Cyprus). It is easy to score points but only if you finish the rally. I hope to be the fastest one.
The Juniors can use a tarmac tyre – which will make things a lot easier for you compared to the rest of the field?
To be honest it is a disadvantage. The roads were full of gravel. It was easy to get a puncture. It is a difficult decision for us. Tomorrow the roads will be cleaner, but the World Rally Cars will put a lot of stones on to the road and we will have to drive slower to avoid a puncture
What is the strategy for this year - you were up at the top end of the field battling last year; can you get the title this year?
I will drive wisely. I don't want to make any mistakes. On my first event of the year I try to find the limit and how competitive we are. We did some good results last year, especially on gravel, and I want to survive the first day and push on the next two days and score 10 points.