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Kosciuszko column: Up to 13th

19 January 2013

Michal Kosciuszko reflects on day three of Rallye Monte Carlo, the first round in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship and his first competitive outing with the Lotos Team WRC-run MINI John Cooper Works WRC


Hello Michal here again,

We've just arrived in Monte Carlo. Our MINI John Cooper Works WRC is safely in parc ferme and we've successfully finished a long day driving. It was a good day for us. We moved up one place to thirteenth in the overall classification and got through all the stages without any problems.

There was a lot of deliberation over tyre choice today. It was the toughest choice so far. In the end we went for five snow-studded DMACK tyres in the morning. With only one stage before midday service we opted for one spare less than on Day One and Day Two, which saved us about 20kg in weight.

This afternoon we set out with four snow-studded tyres and two super softs. Both of these options worked well, especially because SS12 St Nazaire was patchy with constantly changing grip levels. Then in SS13 Sisteron, which was mainly dry Tarmac, there was a treacherous 5-6km section in the middle of the stage, which everyone said they found difficult!

We didn't have such great gravel updates for the stages after lunch, but we made the best of it and Maciek is a very experienced co-driver so he guided me through. After the competitive stages we headed down to Monte Carlo on a long road section to parc fermé near our new service park. I really like Monte Carlo. There's a great atmosphere and if I weren't 110% focused on the rally then there's a strong possibility that you might be able to find me in the casino ;-)

Tomorrow's another day – our aim is still to make it through all the stages successfully, but we've also got our eye on the Top 10 and think it's within our reach now. It's a tricky run tomorrow – we'll have to tackle Col de Turini three times in possibly mixed conditions and finally in the dark. It'll be a late finish, but I'm looking forward to it.

That's all for now. One more time – wish me luck!

Michal


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