Stobart Ford's Gigi Galli is feeling bullish ahead of the Rallye Deutschland following a rare pre-event test.
Galli benefited from some additional mileage with his Focus RS WRC07 recently and that has allowed him to not only fine-tune his set-up for the tenth round in the World Rally Championship, the first asphalt event since the Rallye Monte Carlo back in January, but also it allowed him to re-familiarise himself with Pirelli's PZero asphalt tyres.
"I'm satisfied with the test we have done before this round of the World Rally Championship," said Gigi, who will be very determined to get to the finish this weekend after three successive DNF's in Greece, Turkey and Finland
"We didn't have the possibility to test much before other events, now we had the opportunity to test the Ford Focus with asphalt set-up and the new Pirelli PZero tyres both with hard and soft compound, and we are quite happy with the results."
Galli has had mixed fortunes during his trips to Trier with his best result coming in 2005 when he finished fifth overall - the last time he did the event.
This will be his fourth outing on the Rallye Deutschland - having also competed on it in 2004 and 2002 - and having finished sixth on the Monte, he is again hoping for points.
"OK my experience in Germany is not as great as some of the other rallies but I know this car is very good on tarmac so I am looking forward to seeing what it can do," he added. "Last time we were on tarmac was way back in January in Monte Carlo so I think it will take some stages to get used to the feeling again.
"Last time we were here was in 2005 and we ended up finishing fifth so another result like this will be fantastic this year. The super special on Sunday will be amazing, it is a beautiful city which is filled with fans who go crazy when the rally is in town!"