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Rautenbach raves about Tour de Corse.

Conrad Rautenbach can't wait to start to the Rallye de France-Tour de Corse tomorrow and following the shakedown this morning he is happy with his PH Sport-run Citroen C4 WRC car.

Rautenbach loves the event in Corsica and after a successful asphalt test - when he finished second on the Corte Rally recently, a round of the Corsican Rally Championship, ahead of last week's Rally Catalunya, the 23-year-old is well prepared for his fourth start on what remains one of the toughest and most arduous rallies in the schedule.

Furthermore after failing to finish in Spain, when he clipped a wall on the first stage on the final morning, while battling for a place in the top-ten, he will be extra determined to get to the end.

"Just like last time in Catalunya, the car feels great after shakedown this morning. We have done a small amount of work to the car during this morning's three runs. We've had a look at the brakes. We're now running different pads in the rear brakes – I really think this will help us in the stages," said the 2007 FIA African Rally champion.

"After the event I did here in Corsica last month, the test before Catalunya and then Rally Catalunya itself, I've been in the car for quite a bit of time. That's just the kind of preparation I wanted ahead of the Tour de Corse.

"I really like this event. And it's not just the event that I like, it's the island, the food, the culture and, of course, the stages. This is one of the absolute classic rallies – how can you come to this place and not fall in love with these corners and these roads? You can't.

"As you go through every bend and down every kilometre, you know the best of the best of world rally have been down that road before you, going as fast as they dare and braking as late as the car will let them. It's awesome.

"The final day of the event however, is going to be a real tough one. It's a proper sting in the tail with two long and really technical stages.

"This event is really not going to be over until we are safely ensconced back in the port in Ajaccio on Sunday night."


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