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Andreas Aigner - Q&A

1 November 2013

Andreas Aigner, Subaru's ERC Production Car Cup champion, gets set for his rally of honour, Rallye International du Valais in Switzerland - the final round in the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, which runs from November 7-9...



Q:
Andreas, as we approach the final round of the 2013 ERC season, looking back, how satisfied are you with what you have achieved?

Andreas Aigner:
I'm very happy with the season for sure. I am also really satisfied with the performance of the team because we had absolutely no problems with the car – it was working really well. What was also important is that I did some quite good results overall and that's what makes me really happy.

Q:
You mentioned the team and car but what about your own performance?

Andreas Aigner:
I was very consistent and this was important. I didn't push really hard because it was not necessary. My R4 car is not able to compete against the Super 2000 cars. I just had to look at the competition in Production and there was no point taking maximum risk against the faster cars.

Q:
What was the best moment for you and what was the worst?

Andreas Aigner:
For sure on the last stage on Rallye Sanremo when it was sure we were winning the ERC Production Car Cup was a special moment after a long gap from when I won the PWRC title in 2008. In Croatia, where I led overall, it was a nice feeling but it was a big surprise for me. I wasn't pushing quite hard, I just wanted to go to the finish and I was surprised about the stage times. The Yokohama tyres are very good in damp conditions and that helped. The bad moment was in Ypres where we hit the tree and we lost the lead. Luckily we were able to go to the service park.

Q:
You're seeded number two for Rallye du Valais. What experience do you have of this event and how confident are you of finishing on the podium?

Andreas Aigner:
I've never been to the rally before but I've heard a lot about it and the nice stages. It's a long rally, 284 kilometres. But the main target is to test the new Yokohama tyres on a completely different surface than it was in Sanremo. In Sanremo it was abrasive Tarmac and it was still quite warm. In Switzerland it will be completely different so we will look how the tyres are working then. It depends on the conditions how hard we push. In difficult conditions on stages under 15 kilometres it's possible to be 1.2 seconds per kilometre off the Super 2000 cars but when the stages are longer and more twisty it's difficult to be that close.

Q:
With 2014 getting close, what's your target and how are your plans progressing?

Andreas Aigner:
It's quite difficult to say something now because it's too early to have a clear idea. There are many options and [team boss] Manfred Stohl is helping me a lot and looking for my future. We will check our options and hopefully we can find a strong package for 2014.


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