22 May 2012
IRC: Q&A: Pierre Campana
Pierre Campana: The important thing for me now is to use this result as a springboard for the rest of this season. I want to be a permanent part of a championship like IRC or WRC and I think the performance we demonstrated in Corsica showed that I would be a quick and reliable choice for anyone.
Pierre Campana reflects on his recent third place finish in Corsica, the fourth round in the 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge...
Pierre, looking back, how pleased are you with the performance in Tour de Corse?
Finishing on the podium in an event as competitive, tough and demanding as Tour de Corse is a fantastic result for anyone, but considering it was my first time driving the Peugeot in about one year, and on home ground, it was a very special feeling. The important thing for me now is to use this result as a springboard for the rest of this season. I want to be a permanent part of a championship like IRC or WRC and I think the performance we demonstrated in Corsica showed that I would be a quick and reliable choice for anyone.
You performed strongly against WRC driver Dani Sordo, was he the benchmark for you?
I was fortunate enough to take part in some WRC events with Drive-Pro and MINI last year, and at Monte Carlo, and I know I can compete with the best. Dani is one of the greatest rally drivers in the world, especially on asphalt, so he was for sure the benchmark for me in Corsica. To have won two stages and be so close to him in others, with some long 30km stages too, proves I am good enough, and it was reassuring to be on his pace.
It wasn't a straight-forward event, though, was it?
No, we had to fight hard to get the results because of some technical gremlins during the three days. On the first day, we experienced high tyre degradation and it was only later we realised it was because of a problem with the gearbox that meant the transmission and differential were not performing correctly. On day two, we had a broken gearbox tulip that required replacing but still we showed that we can fight until the very end in any conditions and still be on the podium pace. This is a very positive aspect of the rally.
What are your aims now?
I had the fantastic backing from several partners in Tour de Corse, including Perin and Natali Entpreprise, as well as Munaretto and of course Peugeot, who were a great support. I want to use this result to move forward, to get a more regular rally schedule, either in IRC and WRC. We are working hard to achieve that with my management and I hope that people see results from Corsica, and what I achieved in WRC recently, and see my full potential.
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