Citroen privateer Conrad Rautenbach has said that while he wants to make sure he finishes the Neste Oil Rally Finland this weekend, he wants to have a go too.

Rautenbach made the step up to the top level this year in the World Rally Championship - and while the first half of the season had plenty of ups and downs, he did manage to score points, following a great fourth place finish in Argentina and an eighth place finish in Turkey.

Heading into the second half of the year and this weekend's '1000 Lakes', the 2007 FIA African Rally champion added that he will definitely be aiming for points again on what will be his fifth outing in Jyvaskyla.

"We're back! Thank goodness for that," he noted in his pre-event column. "After Turkey, I was quite looking forward to a break. It had been a fairly intensive couple of months in the WRC and the prospect of heading home to Zimbabwe was warmly welcome.

"The three weeks I spent at home were fantastic - particularly a long fishing trip on the Zambezi. But it wasn't long before I was itching to get back into the C4 WRC.

"And what a rally to get back to; Finland is, and always has been, one of my favourites. I like fast rallies and they don't get much faster than Finland.

"This year was even better because we did the South Estonia Rally as a test for Finland. The chance to get back behind the wheel a couple of weeks early was not one to be missed.

"The stages in Estonia were great, really nice - and obviously similar to here. They gave us a very good chance to try some new settings on the car, which is why we were there. Yes, we did look at the odd time here and there, but we were working on getting the suspension and differential settings right for this rally.

"The other thing the South Estonia Rally did was tune my head into the speeds needed for this event. Finland is quite unlike any other World Rally Championship event in the way you have to dial yourself into the pace of the roads and corners. With the cobwebs blown well away, David [Senior, co-driver] and I arrived in Finland more than ready to get the second half of the season underway.

"I have to say, it was a little bit disappointing to see some of the changes the organisers have made to the route. Ouninpohja used to be fantastic, one of the best stages of the year - so not doing it in its entirety is a bit of a shame for me. And some of the new stages are a little bit rough, not exactly what you might expect in Finland. But, that said, new stages are good for me. They're a great leveller, negating the advantage other drivers might have with experience.

"I'm up for a push here in Finland. On the last couple of events in Greece and Turkey, the emphasis was on getting to the finish. Of course, we want to make the finish here in Finland, but at the same time, I love these fast roads and I want to have a go. I will definitely start the event in the hunt for some points. We ended the first half of the season in the points and it would be a good way to start the second half."


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