Martin Prokop has said that he is determined to try and take the J-WRC victory on the Rallye Deutschland again this weekend.

Prokop heads to the fifth round in the Junior World Rally Championship following a confidence boosting win in Finland two weeks ago and he is determined to maintain that momentum.

The Czech driver dominated in Germany twelve months ago, leading from start-to-finish and in the end he won the J-WRC category in Trier by just under 50 seconds, having been quickest in 10 of the events 19 stages.

"I'm really looking forward to this event! After winning in Germany last year and winning in Finland 10 days ago, I'm determined to try and win the Rallye Deutschland again," he noted. "Having said that, while [Jaan] Molder, [Patrik] Sandell and [Michal] Koscuiszko won't be there [as it is not one of their six nominated points scoring events], there are several other C2 Super 1600s that can win.

"Whatever happens, I need to score as many points as possible so that I can make up the ground lost at the start of the year and improve on my current sixth position in the championship."

Prokop's main opposition is likely to come from current J-WRC points' leader and fellow Citroen C2 S1600 runner, Sebastien Ogier, although the Frenchman is cagey about his prospects [see separate story].

Ogier won't be the only threat though, as Aaron Burkart will also be targeting a top finish and he would dearly love to win on home soil, after finishing fourth and sixth in previous years.

"In terms of putting in a good performance, the Rallye Deutschland is a case of now or never for me," stated Burkart. "I'd be even more delighted to have a good run on this rally than any other event, as it's home territory for both me and my co-driver [Michael Koelbach].

"Over the last two years we've scored some solid results in Germany with a fourth and sixth place but this time I really want to get onto the podium. At this point in the season, it is also very important to score as many championship points as possible."

Burkart is currently fourth in the J-WRC standings, with 16 points - eight less than Ogier, while Prokop has 12 points and is sixth.

In front of both of those drivers' though and third in the standings on 20 points, is last year's Junior rookie of the year, Shaun Gallagher. His consistency this season has put him right in the thick of things and he want to ensure he is again in the top-eight on Sunday.

"I've not got a lot of experience of this rally," said the Irishman, who was fifth in Finland recently. "I've also not driven on asphalt yet so far this year, as unfortunately I haven't had the time to go testing. Germany is very different to other asphalt events as the grip levels are constantly changing.

"Last year I was 10th in a Citroen C2-R2 and this year I'm back with a C2 Super 1600 car. I hope to do a good job in order to maintain my place in the championship, but I know for sure that the other Citroen drivers will put up some extremely stiff competition."

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