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Andreas Aigner, ERC Production Car Cup champion – Q&A

Andreas Aigner looks ahead to the opening round of the new FIA European Rally Championship season, the Jännerrallye in Austria next month
Q:
A new year and a new car – how much experience do you have of your Peugeot 207 Super 2000?

Andreas Aigner:
Not so much. I did some kilometres in a Race of Champions-style event on a rallycross track in Austria but for sure we will do a test before the rally because it is very important to prepare for the wet, icy and snowy roads you get on this event so you can get the confidence.

Q:
So it sounds like the weather will be a big factor?

Andreas Aigner:
It means there cannot be one real favourite for the victory because it is so easy to make a mistake and go off the road or to make the wrong tyre choice and lose one minute. The weather is changing all the time and it is not easy to be on the right tyres at the right time.

Q:
Your choice of car gives you the chance to start the 2014 ERC season with an overall victory…

Andreas Aigner:
Although it's my home event I don't have so much experience on these roads and there are a lot of good drivers doing this rally, including really strong drivers from Austria and Czech Republic. They know the stages very well and will be very fast.

Q:
Is this a one-off drive or is there a chance that you will do more ERC events in this car?

Andreas Aigner:
We don't know yet. I am very happy to be at the start in this car and I will look forward to this but we are still waiting on decisions from some sponsors before we can look ahead for the rest of the season.

Q:
How crucial will a strong result be in your efforts to secure more backing?

Andreas Aigner:
Of course a good result is important but I don't think it will make a big difference. The most important thing is to compete in the European Rally Championship when it comes to your country.



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